legal use

Font Usage & Licensing Survey - Respondents Needed!

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!

If you would like to offer any additional resources/information in regards to these issues, please contact me at:

The link is below, and the survey takes about 5 minutes to complete. Thank you in advance!

Legal issues with using fonts? #2


I am not a typographer. This is only one aspect of my job running a small 2 person operation. Hence I lack a solid understanding of what is obviously a highly complex legal and moral set of issues. The original thread gave me lots to think about but I’d like some advice if I may about a situation I find myself in. I’m starting a new thread because the original is getting so long and my question, while building on the foundations discussed in that thread, heads off in a new direction.

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?