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24
Jun
2013

Our New Webfont License

We’ve made a couple of changes to our webfont license, removing some restrictions, putting others in place and adding a new use. The biggest changes are as follows:

  • Licensed by pageviews
    Our previous license was priced based on the number of domain names. The new one is based on the average monthly traffic, counted in pageviews, of the website using the fonts. The starting price for the lowest traffic level – 500,000 pageviews – remains the same as our previous single-domain price.

  • Expanded domain name coverage
    Although the new license is still for use with a single domain, the definition of a domain is more inclusive. So long as the unique identifier of the domain name remains the same, subdomains and top-level domains are now unlimited. For example, the following five domain names are considered a single domain:


    example.com, example.dk, shop.example.com, blog.example.com,
    blog.example.fr, example.net


    In the past, this would have counted as four domain names (five subdomains were included with each domain) and required a separate license for each.

  • Adding web-based mobile app usage
    We were often asked if our webfont license covered web-based apps and our answer was that it didn’t. In our new license, we explicitly allow webfont use for web-based apps using @font-face to call the fonts. It’s important to note that mobile apps built with embedded or included fonts are not be covered by this or our desktop license and require the purchase of a license extension if such use is desired.

Learn more specifics about the new license in the webfont license FAQ or going straight to the source: the webfont license.


Already purchased a domain-based license from us?
If you already purchased webfonts under the previous domain-based license, don’t worry – this doesn’t change your license. It will remain domain-based and not tied to pageviews.

However, if you were to upgrade a previous purchase (say you bought Bryant 2 Web Bold and wanted to upgrade to Bryant 2 Web Complete Family), all the fonts in that order, including the previous purchase, would fall under the new license.