If a company uses a particular font for it’s branding that it has purchased a license for, can this be embedded into a website if it is not one of the free Google or @font-face fonts? If so, what would be the best way of doing this, and can it be secured so that the font can’t be downloaded by the public?
I can’t be sure without seeing the license but I’d bet you aren’t allowed to use it via @font-face. Also, there is no way of securing it so that the public can’t download your @font-face font. As far as I know, that’s the reason you aren’t allowed to use many fonts via @font-face.
@rosco I think this depends in what context you plan on using the font in. Such as logo’s, headings, copy, etc. I believe there are solutions for what you’re asking. If I understand correctly, you want to know ways to securely use your custom font on your site?
Fonts.com, I believe, has a service for secure use of custom fonts on the web. Typekit may also have something that I’m not aware of.
The license for that font does not allow @font-face use.
Here is the specific excerpt from the EULA that explains the proper web usage:
When embedding the font software in Flash Files (SWF format) for the purpose of creating vector graphics for web pages. In such cases the following restrictions apply: Flash files must be ‘static’ and not ‘dynamic’ in order to prevent any third party in extracting, copying, modifying or any other way gaining access to the font software, Flash files must be configured as ‘Protect from Import’, finally Flash files must have ‘subsetting’ enabled and limit the number of characters from the font software that are embedded.
When embedding the font on a website by use of a font hosting service – that prevents the fonts from being downloaded in full by the end-user.”
kgscott284 I read this, but it also says Embedding of fonts > Exceptions to the rule: When embedding the font on a website by use of a font hosting service – that prevents the fonts from being downloaded in full by the end-user.
Does this mean that if I can host this on a site that allows uploading of custom fonts this would be an exception to the rule?
On the TypeKit website it says:
Bring your own license
Extend your Typekit account with additional fonts from participating foundries. And if you have a custom corporate font, you can bring it to Typekit via our Enterprise Plans; contact us for details.
Would this be an option?
@rosco I’m confused by what your interpretation of the word “custom font” is? Has someone manipulated the Klampenborg characters? What makes this font custom to you?
It just sounds like you want to use the Klampenborg font in general via @font-face. Unless the type-designer contacted Typekit, you’re out of luck. You have no rights to do that yourself.
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