Creative-minded licensing and flexible upgrades

We have two changes to our webfont products to announce today. The first is an important, and we think interesting, change to our webfont license, lifting some restrictions on the type of website that may use our fonts. The second is an easing of the upgrade period for adding a webfont license to a desktop purchase. Both represent a more relaxed approach to webfont licensing, allowing you guys more flexibility and room for creativity.

A more open EULA

The new stuff in the EULA is in clause five, and now permits the use of webfonts as part of a user interface that allows page styling within the context of that site. This new type of permission will be good news for anyone wanting to be able to offer their users more sophisticated design and layout tools, maybe as part of a monetizing premium package. Theme and web app developers can now add MyFonts webfonts to their font menus, and users can enter, edit and display text using those fonts on that website.

Some restrictions remain. The clause has been designed to allow for in-app or theme-based customization of webpages, not the facilitation or production of downloadable, printable or otherwise output-able font-based items.

Here’s the clause in full:

5. The Licensed Webfont(s) may be used in a Website, where visitors produce “Styled Content” by directly or indirectly selecting a Licensed Webfont and entering or editing text using that Licensed Webfont, subject to the following conditions:

5.1 The Website may not enable or facilitate the Styled Content being used outside said Website, including but not limited to producing merchandise, PDF documents, image files, or personalized physical objects.

5.2 The Website’s font selection user interface must display the fonts’ original name(s) and cite MyFonts as the source of the Licensed Webfont(s).

We’ll be on the lookout for interesting implementations of this new approach to feature in these pages, so give us a shout if your project looks like it could take advantage of these new possibilities.

More time for upgrades

We know that web projects can be slowly evolving beasts sometimes, and can often take unexpected turns that the author or developer hadn’t anticipated in the planning stages. With this in mind, we’ve decided to extend the validity period for webfont upgrades from 120 days to twelve months, meaning that both the 50% discount for buying a webfont alongside its desktop version and the extra pageview multiplier will now apply for up to a year after the initial purchase – ensuring that you pay no more than you would have done had you opted for the higher traffic count at the outset. More breathing space equals more room to grow; in such a dynamic scene as web development, that can only be a good thing for all concerned.