Building up a new Foundry/Font Distributor: Typenation

adriano's picture

I'm thinking on building up a small Foundry/Font Distributor web based company for Portuguese/Portuguese comunity Indie Font Developers. Already bought the URL, TYPENATION.com, and I wanted to ask you typophiles what are the legal/comercial aspects I have to start with.

For instance, is the fonts licence issues a foundry responsability? On myfonts.com what is the process to add up the foundry on the list?

Any help on these issues/warnings is welcome.

Jim, from unionfonts.com or Grant from Veer.com, any help would be appeciated :)

thanks.

adriano's picture

Is it me, or do I have to post at type ID or design to get attention? :P

oldnick's picture

The issue of font licensing varies. Agfa-Monotype (now Monotype Imaging) distributes all of the fonts at its website under their own license; MyFonts.com distributes all of the fonts at its website under the issuing foundry's license. The important matter to consider here is that, when you "sell a font," you are not actually selling a piece of software, but only a license to use that software.

The advantage Monotype gains from their practice is that, since they are selling their own licenses, they can determine the selling price (and collect a heftier commission). MyFonts.com merely serves as a sales agent, and collects a smaller commission.

Without going into details, let me say that, personally, I do not intend to renew my distribution agreement with Monotype when its current term expires, but will continue with MyFonts.com as long as they'll have me.

adriano's picture

Thanks Oldnick. So basically I want to distribute fonts, and the designer make their prices just like Myfonts. And this way I can add my foundry on myfonts under the same conditions.

Anything important to add/think?

oldnick's picture

Liability laws differ from country to country, but it would me a good idea in your distribution agreement to have a clause that shields you from indemnity in the event that one of the foundries that you represent is sued.

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