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Re: Font Legalities

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Hello. This is my first post so please take it easy on me!

I was wondering if it was legal at all to take a font file, export a handful of characters from it and use it on a website? To be clear, I'm talking about commercial fonts like "Century Gothic", for example, and by "use it on a website", I mean hosting a 5-character font file and distributing it to visitors to the site.

Thanks!

PS: Can you recommend any good font editors/creators for Linux? Cheers.