Time to Leave Creative Market - Default Font License Now Grants Unlimited Commercial Use

Well it's been fun Creative Market but any requests for sanity have now fallen on deaf ears as this organization now hellbent on running the font industry into the ground.

Meet the NEW Desktop License which grants the following uses:
The licensed font can appear in unlimited commercial and personal projects including, but not limited to, physical end products, social media, broadcast, packaging, and paid ads.

And with that, we're leaving . . .

I've reached out to as many folks at this organization as I can including the now former co-founder Aaron Epstein and his previous team prior to their being bought out and not a single response.

We owe it to our fellow font makers at Creative Market to let them know it's time to leave the party - I'm absolutely sickened by the lack of respect for the creatives who's backs this organization was built on now being poisoned at the well.


  • Ray LarabieRay Larabie Posts: 877
    I bailed recently.
  • Andriy DykunAndriy Dykun Posts: 11
    CreativeMarket sent a letter stating that new types of licenses are coming soon: desktop; web; app; e-pub. Maybe you should wait a bit and then draw conclusions...
  • Paulo GoodePaulo Goode Posts: 13
    I will see how it pans out for a little while, but my inclination is to remove all my work too. I voiced my complete dissatisfaction with the new licences in a recent questionnaire. I had particular problems with the “sub-licensing” section, as well as the webfont licences that can also be used for an unlimited number of websites.  

    It seems they have ploughed ahead with the draft licensing in spite of the serious issues with them. Also, most of the shop owners are not used to licensing fonts elsewhere, so they just think it’s great to be able to license for different applications. So, the majority opinion is that their proposal is good for everyone. 

    I requested that shop owners should be able to opt out of these licences – this is key to me sticking it out or moving on.

    Creative Market was where I first started selling my fonts, so I have a soft spot for them. However, it seems there are new and inexperienced people at the company making questionable/unpopular changes to the site and some very poor decisions being made regarding licensing. It doesn't bode well.
  • Scott BriggsScott Briggs Posts: 10
    We bailed a while ago; time to get the popcorn out I think!
  • John SavardJohn Savard Posts: 384
    I requested that shop owners should be able to opt out of these licences – this is key to me sticking it out or moving on.
    I had assumed this was the case, from the reference to "default font license" in the thread title, but the original post just says "the font license". I can see why they've done this, because generally people buying a copy of a font, although they realize they're licensed to use it on only one machine, don't expect to face other usage restrictions.
    That, of course, doesn't apply to more serious corporate customers of more expensive typefaces. But I presume Creative Market expects Monotype Imaging, Font Font, and so on to continue to sell their fonts from their own web sites.
    Thus, my conclusion is that Creative Market thinks that everyone using it to sell fonts is a "little guy" or a near-amateur typeface designer, and they're no longer orienting their service to serious professional typeface designers. Therefore, those of you planning to bail will get no argument from me.
  • JoyceKettererJoyceKetterer Posts: 236
    edited June 16
    First, I don't think it's functional to permit a font to be licensed under a conventional reseller's EULA (where they are shipping the files for direct installation).  I believe that the only way to license a font is where it has one clear set of licenses (basic and add on).  Otherwise you introduce contradiction and loop holes.  

    That said, what's so wrong with permitting the basicly licensed to be used on unlimited commercial projects (so long as the use is static images)?  This is how almost all font licenses have functioned as long as I've been in the industry (11 years).   
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