Frequently Asked Questions
Font Licensing and Usage
We are pretty open with our fonts. So long as you pay for them and don't freely distribute them we're not going to sweat you too much. That said, there are a few guidelines or "best practices" as they say that you should be aware of. At the end of the day we know we can't really stop you from doing whatever you want with our software after you've bought it, but we hope that by us being open and cool with you—the end user—you will do the same with us.
Stay tuned, answers to all your common Q&A below:
1. Where can I buy SideProject fonts?
SideProject typefaces are available exclusively through this website.
2. Who buys fonts: me, my client, or both?
Fonts are software, so whoever is using the software needs to buy a license for it.
3. What are my payment options?
We accept Paypal, Visa and Mastercard online via our PayPal payment gateway. Your transaction will be between you and PayPal. SideProject does not ever see or collect your credit card information so you can bank on your personal information being safe and secure. If you require offline payment options email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Can distributors buy SideProject fonts for resale?
Fonts may not be purchased for the purpose of resale, and SideProject does not sell fonts through distributors, resellers, or other vendors. Font licenses are non-transferrable, legally binding contracts between SideProject and the end-users of its font software.
5. What's your return policy?
All sales of font software are final, so please review your order carefully prior to purchase.
LICENSING AND USAGE
6. On how many computers and printers can I use a font?
Like all software, fonts are licensed for a specific number of computers, and prices start at one computer. Not every computer on your network needs a font license: only machines on which the fonts are operational, and those on which they are stored, need a license. That is, if the font can be activated so that it appears in your menu, or the font files themselves are stored on your hard drive, your computer needs a license.
7. How can I buy a large font license?
Font licenses covering up to 50 computers at a single location can be purchased online. Larger licenses, as well as those covering multiple locations, are available; please email us at email@example.com. Please include your company name and contact information, the names of the fonts in which you're interested, the number of business locations that will require the fonts, and the total number of computers on which the fonts will be used.
8. How do I license fonts for use with a font server?
When licensing fonts for a network with a font server, count the total number of computers on which the fonts will be operated — not the number of concurrent users — and add one for the server itself. (That is, a six-computer license doesn't cover the server plus "up to five users at once," it covers the server plus "the five computers able to activate the fonts.") Networked computers that can't operate the fonts over the network need not be included.
9. Can fonts be shared among multiple offices?
Font licenses purchased online cover a single location only, but our office can assist you with multi-location licensing (as well as upgrading any existing licenses.) For more information, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org, and include your company name and contact information, the names of the fonts in which you're interested, the number of business locations that will require the fonts, and the total number of computers on which the fonts will be used.
10. How can I share the fonts with my outside contractors, or our agency?
Freelancers, outside contractors, advertising agencies, and other suppliers are independent entities, and each needs its own font license. Keep in mind that when it comes to licensing, fonts are no different than any other kind of software.
11. I've designed a logo for my client using one of your fonts. Now what?
The best thing to do is to supply your client with a logo that has been converted to outlines. This saves them from needing to license and install the fonts — and it also guarantees that the logo will always appear exactly the way you designed it.
12. What kinds of web typography does my license allow?
Your End-User License Agreement allows you to use fonts online in ways that don't transmit the font data, expose the fonts directly to readers, or compromise the security or integrity of the fonts. For example, you can use the following formats online:
— Bitmap graphics (gif, jpg, png) There's no difference between using a font to create a printed page and using it to create a pixellated image. As long as the person creating the images has licensed the fonts, no additional license is needed.
— Vector art (swf) Because Flash files embed actual portions of a font's sourcecode within themselves, our font licenses require that designers observe some basic safety precautions when publishing Flash files. Text in Flash files must be static (not dynamic), the files must embed only a subset of the character set, and the "Protect from Import" option must be enabled when the files are generated.
SideProject is committed to making web typography as easy as possible: easy for developers to implement and maintain, easy for foundries to provide, and easy for readers to read. We believe that fonts should be experienced as text, not images, and are working toward a CSS-based solution that will allow designers to deploy our work with ease. However, the use of the CSS @font-face tag is not currently allowed under any SideProject license. Such use constitutes the illegal distribution of our font software, and is therefore not permitted under any circumstances. The hosting of our font software in whole or in part, in any format, by any web server or other computational architecture capable of delivering web pages or components, is expressly prohibited under our End-User License Agreement.
If you are exploring other technologies that aren't covered here, please contact us at email@example.com before deploying your solution online.
13. Can I use fonts to make PDFs?
Because PDFs embed a large portion of a font's sourcecode within themselves, their distribution poses a profound security risk for font developers. In order to balance these risks against the format's usefulness to designers, we distinguish between two kinds of PDFs:
— Workflow PDFs, which are those used to prepare artwork for reproduction. Workflow PDFs are transmitted individually, on a one-to-one basis, over closed networks. A layout that a designer e-mails to a printer is an example of a Workflow PDF.
— Public PDFs, which are those shared with the public. Public PDFs are broadcast widely, on a one-to-many basis, over open networks. A document posted to your website for general download is an example of Public PDF.
Our end-user font licenses allow only the production of Workflow PDFs, not Public PDFs. For organizations that need to circulate PDFs more widely, we offer an Embedding License as a supplemental product. For more information, please contact our sales office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
14. Can I give fonts to my printer, or my service bureau?
Printers, service bureaus, and publications that carry advertising overwhelmingly require that jobs be transmitted as PDFs, PostScript job files, or EPS files flattened to outlines. This is not merely because these formats guarantee the accuracy of output, it's because fonts are software, and sharing software is illegal.
15. Can I customize or modify the fonts?
Once converted to outlines in a drawing program, you can alter the shapes of letterforms (for example, in producing a logo.) But you may not alter the data contained within the fonts themselves, or use this data to produce new fonts. Any adjustment to our font software constitutes a "derivative work" under the law, and requires prior written permission from SideProject as the fonts' copyright holder.
If you have a compelling need to have one of our fonts modified, expanded, remanufactured, reformatted, translated, decompiled, or otherwise used to produce a derivative work, please submit a request for consideration to email@example.com.
— Your contact information, and the invoice number for any existing font licenses
— A description of the goal you are hoping to achieve with a modified font, as well as any relevant technical details
— A statement regarding the projected end-users of the modified fonts. If your company supplies design services, please describe whether it is your intention that your client will use the modified font, as well as their other vendors and suppliers.
16. Can I incorporate your fonts into an iPad app, a video game, a web app, a device, or some other product or service for sale?
Any such use will require an additional license: your End-User License Agreement does not permit the inclusion of our fonts in software, devices, or other OEM applications. To discuss a Device License, please contact our director of licensing at firstname.lastname@example.org. The more information you can give us about your intended use and your timetable, the more quickly we'll be able to help.
17. TrueType fonts
TrueType was a font standard developed by Apple and Microsoft in 1991. Because nearly every application that once required TrueType now works with higher quality OpenType fonts, SideProject does not include TrueType fonts with any of its retail font packages that can be purchased online when an Opentype variant is available.
If it is a documented limitation of the program you are using that it cannot operate either OpenType or PostScript fonts, please contact our sales office before placing an order.
18. I've finished my order — now what?
Once you've completed your order and your order has been successfully processed you will recieve an email containing a unique, encryped download link. Once clicked and downloaded, follow these three steps to activate your fonts:
1 - Open the .zip archive you've downloaded,
2 - Choose which font format you'd like to use, and
3 - Install the fonts.
Each download link allows for the .zip archive to be downloaded a maximum of three (3) times. Once this limit has been met the link will be disabled and you will no longer be able to download your purchase using that URL. If for some reason you find yourself needing to re-download your purchase and your link has expired contact us directly and we will send a new link.
19. Opening the .zip file you've downloaded
Fonts that you download from typography.com are delivered as compressed ".zip" archives, for quick downloading. You'll need to expand these archive files before you can install the fonts.
Mac OSX comes with built-in support for expanding .zip archives, so simply double-clicking the .zip archive should show the fonts it contains.
If you have StuffIt Expander installed on your computer, double-clicking the .zip archive will launch StuffIt instead, from which you can extract the fonts. Note that OSX users will need StuffIt version 8 or higher, and Mac OS 9 users will need StuffIt version 7. (Using earlier versions of StuffIt may cause the .zip archive to expand incorrectly; if your fonts appear to be "Zero KB" in size, you may be using an obsolete version of StuffIt.) StuffIt users can download the latest versions of the software here.
If you're using Windows XP, you can double-click on the .zip archive and then drag the folder of font files it contains to another location on your computer. (Alternately, you can right-click on the archive and select "Extract all.") If you're using an older operating system, you'll need a free utility such as WinZip to expand the .zip archive.
20. How to install fonts on a Macintosh
— Macintosh OSX
To activate a font, drag the font files into the Fonts folder, located inside the Library folder inside your User folder. (To get there quickly from the Finder, choose "Go to folder" from the "Go" menu, and type ~/Library/Fonts).
Alternately, you can use Font Book, the font management utility included free with Mac OSX. Launch Font Book from your Applications folder, and simply drag the font files into the middle pane labelled "Font." More information about Font Book can be found here on the Apple website.
— Macintosh OS 9 or Classic
To activate a font in Mac OS9 — or to install fonts for use in the "Classic" environment — drag all the font files into the Fonts folder inside your System Folder. (Mac OSX users can get there from the Finder by choosing "Go to folder" from the "Go" menu, and typing System Folder/Fonts).
21. How to install fonts on Windows
— Windows 2000, XP, Vista or 7
From the Start menu, select the Control Panel and double-click the Fonts folder. (If you can't see the Fonts folder, click the "Switch to Classic View" button on the left side of the Control Panel window. In Windows 7 it will be under "Appearance and Personalization.") Select "Install New Font" from the "File" menu in the Fonts window, and then choose the drive and folder containing the font files you've expanded from the downloaded .zip file. Once you've selected this folder, the fonts will appear in the "List of Fonts" area. Select the fonts you wish to install, making sure the "Copy Fonts to Fonts Folder" box is checked, and click "OK."
— Windows 95, 98, or ME
To install PostScript or OpenType fonts, you'll need a copy of Adobe Type Manager (ATM), which can be downloaded free from Adobe. Once installed, go to the Start menu and choose Programs/Adobe/Adobe Type Manager. From here you can use ATM's "Select Fonts" option to add the fonts you wish to use. More information about ATM can be found here on the Adobe website.
To install TrueType fonts under any version of Windows, simply drag the fonts directly into your Fonts folder, accessible through the Control Panel.
22. Technical support
If your question isn't answered here, please contact our support desk at email@example.com. Please include your original order number if you have it, and as much information as you can about the problem, starting with:
The names and version numbers of:
— The operating system you're using
— The software in which you're encountering the problem
— Any font management software you're using to install fonts
Please also include:
— A description of the problem, along with any useful illustrations
— The names of the specific font styles that are exhibiting the problem
— Which format of fonts you have installed (OpenType or PostScript)
— Whether any other fonts are exhibiting the same problem
— A list of any things you've tried, so we can avoid suggesting the obvious.
We promise to never ask you if your computer is plugged in. But restarting does cure a number of font management issues, so in all seriousness you might want to start there.
END-USER LICENSE AGREEMENT
THIS END-USER LICENSE AGREEMENT ("AGREEMENT") CONSTITUTES A BINDING LEGAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOU AND R2, LLC., D/B/A SIDEPROJECT (SideProject). READ IT CAREFULLY BEFORE COMPLETING THE INSTALLATION PROCESS AND USING THE FONT SOFTWARE. THIS AGREEMENT CONTAINS DISCLAIMERS OF WARRANTIES AND LIABILITY. BY DOWNLOADING, INSTALLING AND/OR USING THE FONT SOFTWARE, YOU CONFIRM THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT, AND THAT YOU HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO BIND THE PERSON OR ENTITY SPECIFIED ON YOUR INVOICE TO THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT, DO NOT INSTALL THE FONT SOFTWARE.
1. Grant of License. SideProject hereby grants you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable license to install and use the fonts and font software specified on your invoice (the fonts and font software are hereafter referred to individually and collectively as the "Typefaces") on only the fixed number of computers at the fixed number of locations specified on your invoice. You agree not to duplicate, reproduce, sell, transfer, license, or otherwise distribute the Typefaces in any form, except as expressly provided herein. You agree not to decompile, modify, reformat, translate, reverse-engineer or otherwise discover the source code of the Typefaces, or to embed the Typefaces in electronic documents except as expressly permitted below (see paragraphs 3 and 4.) You agree not to make, or authorize or commission others to make, any additions, deletions or modifications to, or derivative works or fonts based on or substantially similar to, the Typefaces without the prior written consent of SideProject. You agree not to alter SideProject copyright notices as contained in the Typefaces.
2. Intellectual Property Rights. You acknowledge that SideProject is the exclusive owner of all worldwide right, title and interest in and to the Typefaces, including without limitation all copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret and other intellectual property rights, in and to the Typefaces as artwork, software, and otherwise, including all copies of the Typefaces, regardless of the format in which they are expressed or the media on which they are recorded. Any and all updates, revisions, enhancements or additions to the Typefaces shall automatically be deemed to be included in the definition of "Typefaces" hereunder and shall become part of, and subject to, this Agreement. You acknowledge that SideProject shall be the exclusive owner of all worldwide right, title and interest in and to any and all modifications of, and derivative works and fonts based on or substantially similar to, the Typefaces, regardless of who made such modifications or derivative works or fonts. The names of these Typefaces are trademarks of SideProject ("Trademarks"). All goodwill that may become attached to the Trademarks as a result of your use of the Typefaces shall inure to the exclusive benefit of SideProject. You agree not to challenge SideProject's rights in or to the Typefaces or the Trademarks or the validity of any intellectual property or other right of SideProject therein, or to infringe SideProject's rights therein. This Agreement is not a grant to you of any right, title or interest in or to the Typefaces or the Trademarks except for the limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable license to install and use the Typefaces as set forth in paragraph 1 above, subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement. All rights not expressly granted herein are reserved to SideProject.
3.1. Embedding. "Embedded Documents" are those which contain a copy of the Typefaces, or data describing the shape or outline of any part of the Typefaces. Embedded Document formats include, but are not limited to: Acrobat (or other) files employing the Portable Document Format ("PDF"); Cascading Style Sheets ("CSS") employing the "@font-face" tag; Macromedia Flash (or other) files employing TrueDoc; and documents employing Web Embedding Font Technology ("WEFT"). You may not create Embedded Documents, except as expressly provided in paragraphs 3.2 and 3.3:
3.2. Workflow PDFs. For the sole purpose of providing documents to printers or other outside suppliers for reproduction, SideProject grants you a limited license to create and circulate Embedded Documents in the PDF format ("Workflow PDFs") subject to the following restrictions: (a) these Workflow PDFs must have "subsetting" enabled, to limit to the greatest extent possible the number of characters of the Typefaces embedded; (b) Workflow PDFs must be configured to be "non-editable," to prevent the alteration, addition, deletion or extraction of any text, by any party other than the licensee; (c) Workflow PDFs must be transmitted individually, on a one-to-one basis, over a closed network. Under no circumstances will this Agreement be construed to entitle you or your agents or assigns to broadcast Workflow PDFs, or any form of Embedded Documents, over public computer networks, including but not limited to publicly accessible pages on the World Wide Web.
3.3 Flash Files. For the sole purpose of creating vector graphics for inclusion on web pages, SideProject grants you a limited license to create and circulate Embedded Documents in the SWF format ("Flash Files"), subject to the following restrictions: (a) Flash Files must have "subsetting" enabled, to limit to the greatest extent possible the number of characters of the Typefaces embedded; (b) Flash Files must be "static," not "dynamic," as to prevent any party other than the licensee from specifying, selecting, copying, cutting, pasting or modifying the text that is displayed in the Typefaces; (c) Flash Files must be configured to "Protect from Import."
4. Non-Embedded Digital Formats. For the sole purpose of publishing electronic documents (such as web pages) that use the Typefaces, but that are not Embedded Documents, SideProject grants you a limited license to distribute images of the Typefaces in industry-standard digital formats (collectively "Image Files") solely for the purposes set forth herein, subject to the following restrictions: (a) Image Files must feature fixed images of specific applications of the Typefaces rasterized in a pixel grid; (b) Image Files must not feature scalable or non-scalable outlines of the Typefaces, or permit the extraction or extrapolation of scalable or non-scalable outlines of the Typefaces; (c) Image Files must not permit the alteration of the text by any third party; (d) Image Files must not include more than 50% of the character set of any individual style of the Typefaces; and (e) no character featured in Image Files may be greater than 500 pixels in height. Image Files include, but are not limited to: Joint Photographers' Expert Group ("JPEG") files; Graphics Interchange Format ("GIF") files; Portable Network Graphics ("PNG") files; Tagged Image File Format ("TIFF") files; non-vector Picture ("PICT") files; and Bitmap ("BMP") files.
5. No Transfer of Rights. You shall not sell, lease, sublicense, allow to use, or otherwise assign or transfer any of your rights, duties or obligations under this Agreement, in whole or in part, to any person or entity. Without limiting the foregoing, Typefaces licensed for use by a specific publication shall not be transferred to or used by other publications owned or managed by a common corporate parent, and/or affiliated with the specific publication to which this license has been granted, without the purchase of an additional license from SideProject.
6. NO WARRANTY. THE TYPEFACES ARE PROVIDED "AS IS." TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, SideProject DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, REPRESENTATIONS AND GUARANTEES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR OTHERWISE WITH RESPECT TO THE TYPEFACES. IN ADDITION THERE IS NO WARRANTY OF NON-INFRINGEMENT AND TITLE OR QUIET ENJOYMENT.
7. DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY. TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, SIDEPROJECT DISCLAIMS ALL LIABILITY FOR ANY LOSS, COST OR DAMAGE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION INDIRECT, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING ANY LOST PROFITS OR LOST SAVINGS, LOSS OF GOODWILL, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, WORK STOPPAGE, LOSS OF DATA, OR COMPUTER FAILURE, DAMAGE OR MALFUNCTION, OR FOR ANY CLAIM BY ANY PARTY, EVEN IF SIDEPROJECT HAS BEEN APPRISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, AND REGARDLESS OF THE THEORY (CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE) UPON WHICH SUCH CLAIM IS BASED.
8. Breach and Termination. This Agreement is effective until terminated. SideProject reserves the right to terminate this Agreement and any or all of your rights hereunder effective immediately if you fail to comply with any term of this Agreement, including without limitation by exceeding the scope of the license granted in paragraph 1 above. Upon any such termination you will destroy the original and all copies of the Typefaces and cease all use of the Typefaces and the Trademarks. The termination of this Agreement shall automatically, and without any further action by SideProject, terminate and extinguish the license granted herein. SideProject reserves the right to make routine inspections of the Typefaces, to which end you agree to surrender the Typefaces to SideProject, by e-mail, immediately upon receipt of written notice. YOU HEREBY WAIVE ANY AND ALL CHALLENGES TO, OR CLAIMS OR DEFENSES REGARDING, SIDEPROJECT'S RIGHTS IN THE TYPEFACES, SIDEPROJECT'S RIGHT TO TERMINATE THIS AGREEMENT PURSUANT TO THE TERMS HEREOF, AND SIDEPROJECT'S RIGHTS TO CARRY OUT INSPECTIONS OF THE TYPEFACES AS PROVIDED HEREIN.
9. Governing Law; Jurisdiction and Venue. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed under and in accordance with the laws of the State of Idaho, applicable to contracts entered into, and to be fully performed in, that state. All suits concerning the interpretation, breach, or enforcement of this Agreement shall be brought only in the United States District Court for the South East District of Idaho, or, if that Court does not have subject matter jurisdiction, then in Supreme Court of the State of Idaho, Bannock County. The parties consent to personal jurisdiction and venue in those Courts for such suits. This Agreement will not be governed by the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, the application of which is expressly excluded.
10. Miscellaneous. This Agreement represents the entire understanding and agreement between the parties hereto with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersedes all prior negotiations, representations and agreements, either express or implied, between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof. The failure of SideProject to insist upon strict adherence to any term of this Agreement on any occasion shall not be construed as a waiver and shall not deprive SideProject of the right thereafter to insist upon strict adherence to that term or any other term of this Agreement. If any provision of this Agreement shall be held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be contrary to law, that provision will be enforced to the maximum extent permissible and the remaining provisions of this Agreement will remain in full force and effect. The headings used herein are for reference only and shall not affect the construction of this Agreement.
All fonts and graphics available on the SideProject website are subject to the terms laid out in this EULA.