How does the contract work when submitting your fonts? What rights do they have? Such as, can they manually hint them or does it depend on the foundry/type designer?
If a foundry asks you to send them the font (the actual .otf file) before you have signed a contract with them, how can you be sure that they won't just outright steal it from you and claim they did it? You did all of (or at least most) the work for them already, after all. What if they ask for the FontLab file? I'm kind of leery about handing that over to someone, even if they are supposed to be reputable, before they've signed anything.
It doesn't have to be a contract, but is there some kind of document that I can ask them to sign first, that will protect me?
I am a new font designer (though not new to the art of typography) and I have recently finished creating my first completed font. It's a TrueType font. It's a highly original and stylish display type of font.
Anyway, I was thinking I was gonna try to make some money with it, and was wondering if anyone out there could offer some guidance and advice. Anything I should know about finding and dealing with a distributor? Do I need to make them sign something to keep from getting ripped off if they prove to be scandalous? (I'm always suspicious I guess)
I'd rather not have to market it myself even if I had my own website, setting up a shopping cart system etc..
Thanks in advance.