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What is the correct way to handle a client if they ask you for all of your native design files and specifically the FONTS.

Do you charge them for the native files if they have already paid for the initial design of a flyer, brochure etc. Do you release copies of the fonts used in the design to them or charge them a fee for both native files and fonts or send them link to purchase their own fonts?

  • possible duplicate of How do you explain the value of native files to an uneducated client? – Scott Oct 14 '14 at 16:08
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    In legal terms, the client must purchase fonts. Whether you do that on their behalf or they do it, it needs to be done. You generally can't legally give away fonts any more than you could give away Illustrator. Fonts are software. – Scott Oct 14 '14 at 16:12
  • Embed font to final work and charge additional for fonts. – SaturnsEye Oct 14 '14 at 16:16
  • @SaturnsEye ... (Not a lawyer) - I could be wrong but I don't believe that's legal. You purchasing a font doesn't give you any rights to resell it to a 3rd party. – Ryan Oct 14 '14 at 16:21
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    @Ryan Sorry, I thought they was on about their own font as they said "your font". – SaturnsEye Oct 14 '14 at 16:23
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In legal terms, the client must purchase fonts. Whether you do that on their behalf or they do it, it needs to be done. You generally can't legally give away fonts any more than you could give away Illustrator. Fonts are software.

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