How to be sure the font you're using is free and avoid legal trouble

meaganyvette0's picture

Hi everyone!

I'm new here and I'm worried about font licensing.

I'm using Chaparral Pro Bold in a logo design for commercial purposes and I want to make sure that it's free to use, or that the company pays for it if it's not free. I'm pretty sure this font came installed on my mac, but a google search brought me to realize that Adobe is charging money for it.

What is the best way to be 100% certain that a font you're using is free?

I'm also wondering, say the company chooses not to pay for it ... who is liable for it's usage, the freelance designer or the company that uses it for commercial purposes?

Thanks in advance,


Michel Boyer's picture

Chaparral comes bundled with Adobe Creative Suites. For more details see:

Té Rowan's picture

There's free, and then there's free. Oh, and there's free, too. So, which kind of free? I'm guessing free from legal hassles when used in logo design.

My understanding, thoroughly inexpert as it is, is that you can use Chaparral to design logos for others as long as 1) they do not need the font to use the logo or 2) they have their own licence.

meaganyvette0's picture

Thanks guys.

I understand that Chaparral Pro is bundled by Adobe and available via my creative cloud subscription, but does that mean I can use any of those fonts free of charge?
And yes, by "free" I mean for commercial use (in a logo, for example).

In the grander scheme, I'm wondering if there is some standard way to find out if a font is legally free to use for commercial purposes. I would check the licensing info of the particular foundry, but I can't seem to find anything about Adobe font licensing. In that case should I assume it's not free to use in a commercial logo because Adobe is selling it? Or would you recommend contacting Adobe?


Michel Boyer's picture

It is my understanding that the only way to know what you may do with a font is to find the end user agreement that came with it when it was licensed and read it carefully.

Concerning Adobe originals, here is a link that may be useful:

meaganyvette0's picture

Thank you, Michael. That was very helpful.

Michel Boyer's picture

Great. You are welcome.

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