I’ve read the following statement in another
thread (Understanding the legal issues…):
“I think James is hitting it right on the head
here. I’ve been trying to get my school to buy a
decent font collection — even if only for two or
three “type speciﬁc” labs — for nigh on three
years now. We just had a good instructor quit
over the lack of type and the beaurocratic hoops
you have to jump through to [not] get it.
And the closest we got was our bookstore selling
the dubious FontSite CD. :-/”
Well, that statement came in good time. I’ve
been browsing the websites of many typefoundries
looking for a basic font CD collection to use
on everyday’s work at my oﬃce.
I’ve considered all my options, from Bitstream
to URW, and they range from U$ 120 to U$ 500…
That was until yesterday, when I found both
Softmaker (Megafont XXL) and Fontsite (CD 500)
collections, priced as low as U$ 39 and U$ 49…
So, what’s up here? I’ve recognized many fonts
under diﬀerent names but I didn’t get if those
collections are legal or even “ethical”.
I’m planning to buy a font CD collection not
only to be “clean”, but also because I want
to make sure that the designers would receive
their proper royalties. I mean, what would
Adrian Frutiger receive if I buy FrontPage*
instead of Frutiger?
I want to make clear that I’m not distrusting
any company/person. I’m just curious why and how
those similar font collections can have so
There’s a Brazilian proverb that says “o barato
sai caro”, wich means something like you cannot
have something for nothing… (In fact, I guess
it’s not even Brazilian, it’s an universal law).
* This font equivalence was taken from Luc
Fontsite/Softmaker: so what?