Fonts is a pretty broad topic and we could talk about it for days. Today we’ll focus on fonts for commercial use. Let’s say a friend or customer wants you to make a custom shirt with a special phrase on it. That’s fine, but if you use a font that is not public domain, you could be breaking some rules, which could result in fines or even the closure of your business.
If something is public domain, it is available to the public and is not subject to copyright. And, that is a good thing for crafters.
You can search for public domain fonts on Dafont.com rather easily.
- Select a category or enter search terms.
- Directly above the category or search results, you can enter text in the Preview box to see what it will look like with the fonts listed.
- On the far right from Preview, click More Options.
- Select the Public domain/GPL/OFL check box, and click Submit. Now you have a list of fonts within that category that you can use for business purposes.
Additionally, it can be quite valuable to make sure the phrase or saying your friend/customer wants is not trademarked. You can run a quick TESS check to make sure you are not infringing on any trademarks. The United States Patent and Trademark Office is a great place to start, and the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) will save you lots of time and effort.
If you have a more advanced search, you may want to start your TESS search here instead.
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