font licensing

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,



I'm currently working on a final year dissertation on the subject of type design and the legal framework/ins and outs of utilising typefaces and fonts, and was looking to get some broad insights from people in the Typophile community.

The question is as follows:

Given the current commercial and legal environment for typography, what scope is there to simplify licensing to facilitate the broader use of type?

This is particularly with regard to having to stipulate all the font usages in advance when there are many unforeseen elements within the design process, and also a simplification for use by non-designers might help access a new market (purchasing as a commodity - essentially license free with the aim of reducing piracy?)

We are thinking about purchasing Font Explorer Pro Server but I have a question about font licensing…

If we have purchased a font on MyFonts with five licenses and we install it on Font Explorer Pro Server will it recognise the number of licenses bought? ie. if a 6th person trys to access the font will it be flagged up?



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I am collecting information on the ethics and legality of digital font usage for my undergraduate thesis using a survey. I'm focusing on students, instructors, and professionals who are involved in the design community. I've received over 80 responses so far, but am looking for as many as I can obtain, so please feel free to share with your friends or colleagues!

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I have been searching around and trying to confirm a few things that I *think* I know but it's all somewhat confusing to me:

- My client wants to publish an ebook, which will actually just be a PDF displayed online (rather than a Kindle ebook, etc.). It would likely be downloaded by others, though, for a fee. They would get access to the PDF both online and offline (if they purchase it). We haven't chosen a font, but will probably go with a standard system font (minion, myriad, etc.). Assuming i do go with a system font, are we covered legally to use the typeface in this way?

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?

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License Pricing

Hi all, I had a hard time finding an appropriately close answer to my question elsewhere so I'll ask it outright. My studio is working on a custom sans serif font for a client (lc, UC, #s and punct). We started with just the end product in mind but now the client wants to buy the font outright so no other usage or distribution will be permitted. I have NO idea where to start with pricing something like this out. Any advice would be great. _w

This is mainly a question about licensing - apologies to those who were expecting something more exciting! With the age old problem of keeping typographic consistency within a large organisation (2000+ staff) I wanted to know: is it feasible for us to get slightly different cuts of dax/trade gothic done which we can rename and roll-out to all computers in our organisation for letters, presentations etc, rather than paying for a 2000 user license? if so, how much does a font have to be changed before you can own it in that way, and how much time/cost is it likely to incurr?

Really just wanted to hear from a professional whether they thought this is the best way to go on this issue?



A company selling customizable products has an interactive site where a customer would select the colors/designs and add custom text (with multiple fonts to choose from) to the product. Think something along the lines of what Converse has going on here where they are offering customized text with the choices of Arial and Monotype Corsiva.

The question I have is, what kind of font licensing needs to be in place for a company to use fonts in this manner? I'm speaking more in the viewpoint of the company who is in the process of selecting fonts for this purpose.


I've been browsing these forums now and then for some time, though this is my first post.

I wonder if anyone can answer some questions about licensing in regard to creating diacritics while using various fonts. And any other advice that might be relevant to my situation.

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Web Fonts from Ascender is a new service to format websites with CSS @font-face using licensed downloadable fonts. Web Fonts eliminate the hassles and expense of using Flash, JavaScript or image replacement techniques for headlines. Web Fonts from Ascender also offers high quality text fonts for web designers to extend their typographic choice beyond the limited set of ‘web-safe’ fonts.

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