This is my first post (took a while to get here!!) and I'm happy that it's on a topic that is very dear to my heart: the business of type and supporting indie foundries. There's been a seismic upheaval in royalty rates and licensing models in the past month and we (at ILT) have been asked to advise and support. We then reached out to Frank Martinez to invite him to give a seminar as part of our ILT Academy. All info is below and we highly recommend that you attend. Frank has graciously offered to make this free for all to attend given the seriousness of the topic and the necessity that such issues are discussed in our community.
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Recent changes to royalty rates and pricing models by various font distributors have left foundries with many unanswered questions with regards to their legal rights and relationships with these font distributors. The ILT Academy is proud to invite renowned lawyer Frank Martinez who has 20+ years of experience representing foundries as well as a distinguished academic career teaching at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Frank also has an MBA degree and studied art and design at Pratt Institute before law school.
Frank will present a 2-hour seminar focused on understanding contracts, presenting the dos and don’ts of font distribution agreements and will focus on these areas of particular interest:
- Understanding distribution contracts: what to look for, dos and don’ts
- Cultural and country differences and how they affect contracts
- Unilateral changes to agreements, when is that a breach and when not
- Pricing and license models of font products, who decides?
The seminar will attempt to de-mystify the legal complexities of font distribution contracts. However, please note that Frank’s presentation and any questions will not represent legal advice, they are merely his informed opinion.