I'm an ios developer and created an app which allows the user to add different texts and reposition them.

I would like to provide my users with a premium feature which is a font pack. I'm looking for a few free fonts that I could embed in my app and require payment for them.

What kind of license am I looking for? Do you know of any such fonts?

Thank you

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I don't think I've ever seen a free font with a pukka licence where that licence allows the sale of the font. It's free to you; you can't sell it on. You would be profiting from someone else's work which they have provided for free.

Many "free font" sites compound this issue by providing rip-offs of commercial fonts. So you would be profiting from others' work and the rightful recipient of royalties wouldn't be getting anything.

What you can do is charge for the ability to use other fonts in your app and then provide (separately) free font packs for it. Again, those fonts would have to have a licence which allowed you to distribute them separately from the original provider, even if you were doing it for nothing.

[StackExchange is not a legal service. This is my opinion and not legal advice. If you want legal advice, pay a lawyer.]

  • yeah I thought that might be the case, though I just found this licenses: scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&id=OFL what do you figure from it?
    – vondip
    Sep 18, 2013 at 7:12
  • My reading of that is that the font is free and must remain so, but you can bundle it in software which is paid for (very similar to what I suggested in my answer). The OFL licence must apply to the fonts you supply, so it's not clear whether you have to allow the purchasers to distribute them. [Opinion disclaimer still applies in comments.] Sep 18, 2013 at 9:23
  • What is a "pukka license"? Sep 18, 2013 at 11:41
  • "pukka" : genuine, not ersatz; in this case, a good-faith licence from a bona-fide font shop. Sep 18, 2013 at 11:55

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