A license for fonts too? Even the ones that come standard in programs like Word, Pages, Illustrator, and Photoshop?
I never considered the possibility that I would have to obtain licenses for these. Egads, I'm glad I am frequenting this place while I'm still writing and before I dare release a book.
Yeah, for fonts, too. The ones that came with your computer are probably okay for personal use, but not commercial. According to what I've been told (by professionals in publishing), licenses for fonts used in book interiors
aren't a big deal; e-book readers change the fonts at will, and printing companies are responsible to get the commercial licenses for the fonts they print.
The problem comes with covers. The fonts, being made part of the image (or part of, say, a sign in a store) are now being used for commercial purposes, so you need a license.
So far, I've been using freeware-for-commercial-use fonts that actually have documentation from the font creator
, because I trust that more than just some comment on a website that something's free for commercial use. It only takes one person "misunderstanding" a font's license (that can be free for personal use but cost for commercial use) to start spreading misinformation about a font's licensure.
Am I likely to be sued? No. Do I want to have all documentation on-hand in case of worst-case scenario. Yes.