This week’s group chat was inspired by a question I posed to my instructor on a freelance project I was working on.  The client was very specific on what font they wanted used on the project.  However, when I looked for the font, I realized that it wasn’t available on any of the free directories like Google Fonts.  It would have to be purchased.  In the end, I was able to find a similar, free font that the client liked.  This experience led to this week’s discussion on Font Infringement and Copyright on Images.

Font Infringement?

The discussion started with this article on Font Infringement.  Fonts, or TypeFace are created by designers who rely on the royalties from those fonts to make a living, much like musicians rely on sales of their work to make a living.  The Font Bureau is the leading foundry of TypeFace and quick to file a copyright infringement on their work.  My take aways from this article were to always be aware of the ‘free fonts’ you use in your projects, purchase fonts when you can afford it, and always abide by the End User Licensing Agreement (EULA).

To Creative Commons and Beyond!

We then moved on to discuss this article on the copyright of images on the web.  I highly recommend this article to anyone creating web content.  It has some great infographics on the various Creative Commons licenses, how to know if you can legally use the image you’ve found on the web, when an image enters the public domain, etc.  I’ve already bookmarked this article as a reference for future creative work.

Where Did That Image Come From?

After that, we were instructed to install the tiny-eye plugin on Chrome.  This is a handy little tool that allows you to track the use of an image you find on line so you can properly attribute who originated it.  I’m always looking for a good Chrome extension!