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Determining "Redistributability"


Good day!

I am a designer/technical writer at a software company and am having a difficult time determining whether or not we can develop a documents package that includes Myriad Pro. The end user would receive this typeface a part of our software installation process; I just can't seem to figure out how to find accurate information on this subject. Someone at typophile should be able to tell me!:

What do I need to do to determine--WITH ABSOLUTE CONFIDENCE--the legality of distributing this font?

Put another way: we are considering incorporating Myriad Pro into an installation that would affect 40,000 (yes, 40k) computers.

Thanks in advance for your advice!

Font Usage/ Licensing/ Permission

I'm a student and was wondering about a particular font and whether or not it can be used in a logo design or a poster for a school assignment. Or can this font be used for an actual logo design? I'd just like to know what sort of licensing it has.

There was a font used for the Venice Biennale 2012 by John Morgan Studio. I've e-mailed directly to his studio about licensing and what not and so far received no response. (Most likely very busy, no time to address a student)

non-profit organizations using proprietary typefaces - what volunteers should do?


It seems far more common that usual seeing non-profit organizations using proprietary typefaces in their brand manuals, and i really struggle seeing volunteers buying these typefaces for contributing with graphic design materials (such as posters, flyers, magazines, videos, etc.) using them.

Licensing and Purchasing for Business Owner - Individual or Company?


Hello all!

After years of lurking, I came across a real-life licensing pothole and figured this was the best crowd to ask.

I am a designer and small-business owner that has 2 LLCs to my name. I have purchased single-machine licenses in the past for type that I would use for my design business - graphics that I would create and sell. Now that the second LLC has opened, I am looking at an interesting dilemma.

Legal use of typefaces

First post. New designer.

I have a question regarding the legality of using typefaces.

Let's say I use Adobe CS to design a poster/brochure/logo for a company, for which I will be paid. Can I use any of the fonts installed on my Mac (such as Futura, Helvetica, Hoefler ...) without any issues or should either the client or the designer (me) purchase a licence for the specific usage of the chosen font?

Essentially, can all the fonts that come with the OS or the design software be used for any reason?


legal and license question: Buying a big font family: Creating a custom version of the font?

Hey guys,

I couldn't seem to find an appropriate answer to this question on google.

I'm planning a project about "phonetic spelling". So I need a font that has all those diacritics and whatever glyphs a phonetic-spelling font has to have. The question that came up is if it is actually "allowed" to just buy a font family and build (alter) my own custom version of it for the phonetic alphabet?

Is this legally ok? Thinking about the process I'm just thinking of buying a suited font for the project and alter it in Fontlab or Glyhps (or whatever comes in handy) and create my own custom version of it.

I guess a consequent question is where do I use this font, right?

Does using MS fonts for a watermark remove my rights to an image?


I have begun putting watermarks on images because of rampant theft on the Internet. (Paint.Net is good for this, and free.) Someone warned me not to use MS fonts or I'll lose my rights to the images. From what I've read, that does not sound possible. What do you think of this comment?

"Do not watermark using Microsoft’s “free” fonts, at that conveys maximum legal copyright in the “derived works” to them."

If that's true, then I'll need to find something plain and simple to substitute for Arial.

Gameloft used a fan copy/mod of existing copyrighted/commercial font in an upcoming game

That's right. Gameloft is using Celestia Medium Redux, a fan modification of copyrighted Generation B. Someone needs to stop them.

Generation B, made by Harold's Fonts, is inspired by film logos and posters between 1950s and 1960s. It is one of the official fonts of Hasbro's current My Little Pony line up of toys, media franchise and official merchandises. It's also in the subtitle part of the logo of the current generation's well-known cartoon show, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

Reinterpretation Vs. Copying

Hello dear typophiles community,

A client asked me to use a font for his logo that he found on dafont (doh…)
The one is "Little Days" and supposed to be freeware.
However, reading its comments I've discovered it's extremely similar to this commercial font Memimas.

Looking forward, I've fallen on this article by Luc Devroye. He claims it’s not a copy, but I must admit I find his arguments totally wrong.

What to do? Client wants me to use a font I don't have, but I can't bill for it and buying it negates the profit.

I picked up a client that uses Optima as their standard face. Despite it's ubiquity, I don't actually own Optima. It's a small email blast, so billing for the font would send the client elsewhere. Likewise, purchasing the Optima family would negate my profits.

Is there an ethical and legal solution here that still lets me make money on the project?

Can I obtain and use Optima for free (like a printer does) for use solely on this project because the client has already purchased it?

Any ideas out there?


Please dont sue me!

I graduated from OSU with a BFA in Applied Visual Arts last year and have been doing freelance design since then. While I was at school, we had access to a large collection of fonts. I copied them to my computer and still have them on my machine (*everyone* did this). I use them regularly in my designs today.

What do I do now that I'm out of school? I can't afford to pay for all the fonts I have on my machine...am I really supposed to make do with system fonts? Are font companies going to zero in on my house via GPS, bust my door in and arrest me for using their fonts in my work? Will the font designers rip all my posters down and declare me a thief? Will the ground open up and swallow me down to the 7th Circle of Hell?

Typeface recommendations for legal use


I was wondering if anyone might be able to suggest some typefaces which might be suitable for use in legal work? I should start of by saying that I am based in the UK so, thankfully, I don’t suffer from the “you must use Courier” rules that seem to plague the American system. However, there are some fairly horrific formatting conventions which can make producing attractive documents difficult. For an example, have a look at this.

The main challenge is finding a typeface that has enough presence to look good: i) at reasonably large sizes; ii) where there is quite a lot of whitespace in inappropriate places; and iii) when there is quite large amounts of leading.