Legal issues with using fonts?

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Thomas Phinney's picture
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Ben: Why not just contact Font Bureau and see if they can do you a special deal of some sort?

Sometimes smaller foundries are quite willing to give discounts for such cases. Heck, when I was at Adobe I occasionally used my employee discount to buy software (including sometimes fonts) and just give it to non-profits I liked.

Cheers,

T

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@Richard Fink
Sorry, I was asleep (since 13.Jul.2009 10.46am). Doesn't time fly!

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@paragraph

Go back to napping. I'm sorry I woke you. It wasn't worth it. Sorry.

Rich

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>However, there is no way in the world that my school newspaper would ever in a million years be able to pay like $600 to use each of the fonts.

Do you use stolen Macs or bootleg copies of InDesign at the school? If not someone must have felt the equipment and software was worth the investment.

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bencrow:

> Are the font companies going to sue my school, sue me?

Nobody will have the courage to sue you or your school.

Read the last messages of this thread for explanation:

http://typophile.com/node/78027

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Don't believe most of what Uli says about intellectual property as regards fonts. He is demonstrably wrong most of the time.

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Does that factor in that he's a German and you're a Merkin?

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Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson's picture
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Uli, you are soooo not an AFPer. Merkin == USAmerican.

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Hey, i was hoping you could help me.
I am illustrating a book in which the author has used many kinds of fonts,and now he is not sure if it is legal or not.
He has made it my job to find out all about it.
Do i have to check font by font if it has copyright or not, or should i contact the designer? how do i find out which fonts are protected and maybe should ne baught?
please let me know if you have any idea.

thank you
D.

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The simplest possible advice I can think of:

1. Anything from a torrent (or other bulk download) site, is best not used for publishing.

2. Anything the author acquired legally is very likely safe to use.

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I apologize if this question has already been covered. If you design a t-shirt graphic with various typefaces, you outline all type and then sell the design who is responsible for the licensing? The designer, the person who bought the design and then reproduced it, or know one since the font was outlined?

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