More about Copyright

I am very careful about using copyrighted material. has new free fonts each week. Their sister site,, has free graphics each week. Usually the free items come with their Premium License, which allows making and selling items with their designs, but specifically prohibits “(c)reating a digital product to sell/distribute which only consists of the letters/numbers of a font, or a design which closely resembles the design element downloaded/purchased from us” and “(c)onverting fonts into different formats without written permission from the designer.” The next level of license, Corporate, allows more usage, but doesn’t directly address digital products.

I was pretty sure I knew what the Premium license allowed, but decided to contact them for clarification. This is what I found out.

1. The Premium license allows me to create a saying using one of their fonts, but not to distribute the font in such a way that someone else could isolate individual letters. If I wanted to distribute (give away or sell) the font as an embroidery font, I would need to contact the designer for permission. I could, however, digitize the font for my own use and sell physical (not digital) items I made using their font.

2. Images are a little more complicated. If I wanted to digitize one of the Valentine Cutie Cats, (take a look — these are adorable), I could sell physical items I made with my digitized file, but not sell or give away the embroidery file. The complicated part is the language “a design which closely resembles the design element downloaded/purchased from us.” If I bought this package, used the outline of one of the cats to get a basic shape, but turned it into an angry cat or a ground squirrel, would that be allowed? Personally, I’m not willing to go there. I’m a big fan of Grace Hopper, but her famous statement, “It’s easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission” doesn’t apply to copyright issues.

Midnight Constellations PHere’s the next letter of the Midnight Constellations Font.

You are welcome to use these file to make objects for personal use or for sale. You may not resell or distribute the embroidery files. Be sure to test first.

Midnight Constellations P 3″

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