End User License Agreement [EULA]
Version 2.0 January 2024
We have a slightly different approach to font licensing from what you might be used to. Typefaces Designed by Erkin Karamemet follows the value based licensing model introduced by Dinamo in 2020.
We believe that font licenses should be owned and paid for by the client for whom the fonts are being used — not by the designers working for them — and that the value brought by fonts grows with the size of the client. With these two principles in mind, we base our prices on the total number of people working for the client — not the size of the design agency they hire, the number of people in their design department, or the number of people who use the fonts.
COMPANY SIZE: ONE METRIC TO RULE THEM ALL
The company size of the client is the only metric you need to know in order to license fonts.
You don’t have to gather or predict any information about web traffic, app downloads, etc.
CLIENT = LICENSE OWNER
So how does this work? Let’s sketch it out for example: Imagine a designer is using our fonts to design a new identity for their client, Brand Company, and there will also be a PR agency using the fonts. The license price is based on Brand Company’s “Company Size”, which is the total number of people working for them. Brand Company is the “License Owner”, the designer is the “First Designer”, and the PR agency is an additional “Subcontractor”. In this contract we sometimes refer to the License Owner, the First Designer, and any Subcontractors interchangeably as “you”.
CONTRACT & GRANT OF RIGHTS
This contract governs all use of our fonts. If you do anything with our fonts then you agree to the terms of this contract. As long as we’ve received full payment of all fees and the License Owner, the First Designer, and any Subcontractors have all agreed to abide by the terms of this contract and to be directly liable to us for doing so, we grant the License Owner a perpetual, worldwide, non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-assignable license to use the fonts for the purposes allowed by this contract. We’ll deliver the fonts once we receive full payment. We retain ownership of the fonts and everything that’s in them. Any rights that are not specifically given by us in this contract are reserved.
Your font license comes with one Subcontractor [First Designer]. This means the License Owner can allow one third party (like one outside designer, developer, producer, marketing person, etc.) to use the fonts on their behalf. If you want to allow more than one third party, you’ll need to buy a Subcontractor add-on when you buy your license.
Please note, a subsequent update of the sub-contractor license is not possible. If after purchasing a license you decide to include additional partners in the use of the typefaces, you will need a new license for this use.
EACH CLIENT NEEDS THEIR OWN LICENSE
If a designer is using our fonts for multiple clients, each of those clients needs to have their own license.
TYPES OF LICENSING
Fonts get used in many ways and in different kinds of media, so we offer a bunch of different types of licenses. Two basic types: unlimited license (1) and limited licenses (2-7).
The kind of license you bought is shown on your invoice. You’ll need to buy a license
upgrade if the License Owner grows beyond the Company Size in the License Metrics
section of your invoice. By the way, if monitoring your growth and purchasing license upgrades is something you’d rather not be bothered with, maybe you ought to consider getting an unlimited license.
1. Unlimited License
Bundles all available licenses for a one-time-fee, without restrictions. Bigger companies and companies with fast growth ambitions often feel more comfortable with this. Please send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Desktop License
With a desktop/print license you can install the fonts on all of your devices and use them to create printed and digital documents, objects, merchandise, signage, and similar things for one brand. If the License Owner’s Company Size is less than 10 people, the License Owner gets a free Logo License. If the License Owner’s Company Size is less than 3 people, the License Owner also gets a free social media license and a free video license.
3. Web License
With a web license you can use the fonts on one web domain with the @font-face CSS method. There’s no limit to the amount of web traffic, but if you want to use the fonts on another domain you’ll have to buy another separate web license. You can only use the WOFF and WOFF2 files that we gave you (not desktop fonts like OTF).
4. App/Game/Epub License
With an app/game license, you can embed the fonts into one app, which can be a game, desktop app, mobile app, web app, digital point of sale system, etc. Regional variants and versions for different platforms (like iOS and Android) are included. If you want to use the fonts for multiple apps or games you’ll need to buy additional licenses.
5. Logo License
With a logo/wordmark license you can use the fonts to create a logo or wordmark for one brand. If you want to do it for another brand you’ll need to buy another license. And yes, of course you can convert the font to outlines in design software and edit those outlines to design a logo :-)
6. Video License
With a video license, you can use the fonts to make content that has animated or moving images. This is the license you need if you’re making video content for stuff like YouTube, Netflix, television, movies, commercials, and video billboards. If you’re making video content for social media then you’ll need both a video license and a social media license.
Companies that employ up to 3 people receive a free video license with each desktop license.
7. Social Media License
With a social media license you can use the fonts to create design assets for social media channels like TikTok, Instagram, etc. If you’re making video content for social media then you’ll also need to buy a video license. If you’re making video content for social media then you’ll also need to buy a video license.
A trial license, which is free and declarated in the Fontname as UNLICENSED, allows you to use our trial fonts to decide if you want to buy a license. If you’re a designer, you can also use trial fonts to pitch design directions to your clients.
Now that you know all the things you can do with our fonts,
here are some things you can’t do:
-> Use the fonts in a political or religious context without getting our permission
-> Use the fonts to promote violence or discrimination
-> Convert the fonts to different formats
-> Modify, reverse engineer, decompile or disassemble fonts
-> Make new fonts based on the design that’s in the fonts
-> Personalize font names in such a way that violates anyone else’s rights
-> Embed the fonts in a way that end users can access them
-> Share the fonts with third parties (unless you buy a Subcontractor add-on)
-> Use the fonts for a non-fungible token (aka an NFT) without getting our permission
-> Exclusive use without prior written permission
-> Self distribution without getting our permission
-> Use the fonts or the designs embodied in the fonts to train artificial intelligence
-> Put the fonts on public servers
-> Put the fonts in public repositories
WE ENJOY SHARING HOW OUR FONTS GET USED
We get excited when people make great things with our fonts and we love to share it with the world. This means we might post it on social media, have it on our website, put it in books, magazines, lectures, case studies, etc., and let third parties (like design magazine publishers) do the same.
Use of the typeface for any form of propagation of hate, violence, racism or other forms of discrimination is strictly prohibited. In case of violation of this condition, Erkin Karamemet reserves the right to terminate this agreement immediately without any compensation. The use of the typeface software for political and/or politically motivated campaigns and messages in any form, religious messages (slogans, logos, claims, etc.) or any public use by political parties, political and religious organizations, lobbying institutions, think tanks, etc. (including use for political branding and/or design purposes) require written permission from Erkin Karamemet.
IMPORTANT LEGAL STUFF
If you breach this contract then all of your rights automatically end and you have to stop using the fonts immediately. In addition to any legal recourse we have, you'll need to pay for any costs we incur, like legal fees and investigation costs.
You are responsible for taxes that accrue in your country, including any withholding taxes. We won’t have to pay them and they won’t be deducted from your payments to us.
WARRANTIES & BAD THINGS THAT HAPPEN
We are providing the fonts on an “as-is” basis, without any express or implied warranties or representations like warranties of fitness for a particular purpose, merchantability, performance, non-infringement, etc. You warrant and represent that you have the right to enter into this contract and that your use of the fonts will not harm anyone, violate any law, or infringe on anyone’s rights. You will indemnify, defend and hold us and our subsidiaries, affiliates, parents, partners and licensees harmless from and against any loss, cost, liability, damage or expense (including reasonable attorney’s fees and expenses) that we or such parties may incur or be liable for arising out of any breach of your obligations, representations, or warranties in this agreement. Neither party will be liable for any indirect, incidental, special, consequential, exemplary or punitive damages arising out of this agreement. Our maximum liability will never be more than a refund of the fees we received from you under this agreement. We produce fonts using modern technology and test them thoroughly, but we can’t promise they’ll work perfectly on all old systems or with all cutting edge technologies. Please do send us an e-mail at email@example.com if you’re having a problem.
This contract contains the entire agreement between us and overrides any prior agreements or discussions. It can only be modified or amended if we agree in writing. It cannot be modified or amended by the terms of a purchase order. If something in this contract turns out to be unenforceable, the rest remains and the unenforceable part will be replaced by the closest possible thing that is enforceable. If we waive a right or allow something once, that doesn’t mean we have to do it again. This contract is governed by German law with exclusive jurisdiction in Cologne, Germany. Any legal proceedings or disputes will take place in Cologne. The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods does not apply to this contract. Nor do any conflict of law principles.
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