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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: alexgilbert2009@gmail.com

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

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.

Legal Issues with using fonts in creating and selling word art

I found another thread that discussed legal issues with fonts but it didn't quite deal with my specific question and since I was still confused, I decided to just go ahead and ask the experts!!

Can fonts be legally used to create word art that would be sold as either bmp. files or .png files for digital scrapbooking? Or are you crossing the copyright laws? In particularly with regards to free fonts?

Also, if you do happen to purchase a commercial license of a font, does that give you freedom to create word art?

Is this even an issue since the image is raterized and from what I read on the other post it is only the font software that would be the issue?

Thanks so much!!