Font licensing for a web app hosted on clients servers

Frutiger 55 was the winner of the crude typo-battle I hosted in my mind this week (I felt really sorry for poor Gill Sans, one of my top-5 of all time). I want to use it for a Web App that is hosted in different client’s servers (client buys the app, the app is hosted in their server, although it can be accessed from different regions), and I’m a bit confused about which license is the correct one.

According to Linotype, Frutiger 55 is NZ$ 53.00 for a standard License (maximum of 5 computers at one single geographical location, or a single LAN). Last time I checked, it didn’t have a Web version, but it now links to fonts.com, and they say it can be self-hosted and used in an unlimited number of sites.

Which font/License would be the one I need in this case? Since users are not going to have the font installed in their computers, is a web license the right way to go? Or should it be a license per server? This is Linotype’s list of desktop licenses, maybe it’s the Webserver License? Thanks!

Edit: I’m quite sure it’s NOT a Web Server License because the font will be “read only”

Edit: I found some more info on licensing fonts for apps but it only applies to MyFonts.com.

Answer

After some thoughtful research, I arrived to the discovery that every foundry has its own Licenses, and most of the times, specific ones like those for Apps are not in their FAQs. Probably because they are still deciding on them.

Sites like MyFonts.com, FontBureau and FontFont have Licenses that keep up with these new uses, and I think that’s the way it should be for all of them. But it’s not the case, so the only way to go is to ask the foundry directly. It’s a shame that beautiful classic fonts are in a sort of Licensing limbo for web and apps. Not to mention that foundries are charging fortunes for fonts that have been around for centuries and should, according to common sense and good hearts, be free by now.

I’ll update when I have the fonts.com email answer.

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