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.
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.
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).
I thought foundries on MyFonts could have their own individual licenses (EULAs)?
I don't remember it like that, but it was quite a long time ago.
I think 'no-mod' is there to preserve the quality of the work right? - mods done by the original type designer are best.
@Robin Mientjes Forgot to mention, my license also specifies that I don't provide tech support for user-modified fonts. This is sometimes probably why I still get requests to do modifications.
And as Mark says, no need to provide support. Additionally, the original designer should be alerted to the modification plan in advance, and any modified version should be submitted back. All this gives the original designer much more of a chance to contribute (and get paid). Lastly, whenever the typeface is mentioned (for example in a colophon) that it was modified from an original must be pointed out.
BTW a modification is not always best when done by the original designer, for example in extending a typeface to cover languages with characters they're not familiar with. Also, if a designer cannot meet a deadline, it's simply unfair.
If others want to be more (or less) restrictive, that's fine. The terms of your license should reflect your value proposition, as they say. After all, we are not selling fonts, we are selling licenses to use fonts.
I think you feel it's a "reasonable thing to allow" because you're a reasonable person, who doesn't do something simply because they can get away with it. BTW including a no-mod clause does not imply an intent to pursue violators – quite often it's simply a scare tactic, and something to hold over people's heads if so inclined.
Make no mistake however, a no-mod clause does affect you: it possibly traps people into paying you more (because everybody knows virtually nobody reads the EULA until it's too late, and that's because they're human beings, with lives). So the real reason to not include a no-mod clause is ethics, contra business (which is often something people simply need a little prodding to realize).
BTW when you modify something, you generally void the warranty = no support. Which is totally fine for fonts too. You keep the support for the original, you're on your own for the mod.