My question is in the title.

I purchase nice webfonts but I don't know how to use them on a site while preventing the possibility of downloading them. I'm not a charity!

Anyhoo, I intend to do this on an nginx server if that helps.

  • No, there is no way to use the font but prevent downloading. you can change font file name and font family name to confuse them who want to download. And for sure it's not your job to protect stealing the font, you just bought user licence. Font owner will find out website using the font without licence. – Shishir Morshed Aug 12 '16 at 22:24
  • I know it's not my job but I don't like the idea of someone taking advantage of me. – NetOperator Wibby Aug 12 '16 at 22:27
  • You've had your answer... don't use a web font if you don't like the idea of people being 'ABLE' to copy your font. It should be noted that Google alone offers 804 free fonts and there are 10,000+ on dafont, most people don't want to pirate fonts. – Simon Hayter Aug 13 '16 at 0:09
  • ...I know I've had my answer, I also linked to a post by a company that sells fonts that explains how they try to deal with it. I wasn't aware that Dafont offers webfonts, but cool. – NetOperator Wibby Aug 13 '16 at 1:28

Well, this seems to be the only way. Really, all I (or anyone) can do is create layers of defense. Ah well.

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  • Yes, Depth in Defense. With enough knowledge of web technologies, it’s possible to circumvent each one of these steps. – Shishir Morshed Aug 12 '16 at 23:00
  • Yeah, I don't fully expect to block motivated downloaders. – NetOperator Wibby Aug 12 '16 at 23:01

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