The font End User License Agreement (the EULA) is a legal contract between a font supplier (directly or through a distributor) and the user of that font software. The EULA, is similar to a rental agreement; the user agrees to the privilege of using the font software (whether paid for or not), and promises the supplier to comply with all terms, (permissions and restrictions) stated in the EULA.
The user is asked to indicate that they "accept" the terms of the EULA by executing a downloadable file, or by simply using the font software. The user can refuse to enter into the agreement by simply NOT accepting when prompted to accept the EULA during the online purchase transaction. If the user decides to not accept the EULA, the font software will not be downloaded.
EULAs differ between companies but generally define that the font software may only be used in specific ways, by specific users in specific locations and for specific uses.
Unless the license specifically allows it, fonts cannot be shared beyond a defined number of users and fonts cannot be reverse engineered, sold or given away to others. In all cases the EULA is the authoritative source for specific licensing details.
When you obtain a font (or any other software) you are making a legal agreement to abide by the EULA. If the conditions stated in the EULA are broken then the other party has a right to claim any damages as a result of that broken agreement.
We therefore urge you to take the time to read all the EULAs relating to the font software you are buying a license for. Different sources (foundries) may have different EULAs.
It may be tempting to skip this step, in the same way that some people click the "I have read and agreed to all End user license Agreements relating to the Supplier products listed above..." terms and conditions' checkbox without fully reading the terms when installing software, but you really do need to be aware of what you are agreeing to.
Using a properly licensed font not only protects you and your organization from legal liability, it also supports and protects the rights of the typeface designers and font software publishers.
If you are unsure of any licensing terms, conditions or uses, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org