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I am designing a t-shirt based off of the keep calm and carry on poster. I want to use Avenir Next because it comes with my machine and is similar to the original font used in the poster.

If I outline the text and give it to him as a PDF can he legally print it on t-shirts and sell them commercially?

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This question appears to be off-topic because it is about legal issues. Better to ask an attorney than a designer. In addition, usage would entirely depend upon the license for the font. "Comes with my machine" is not enough information. –  Scott May 15 '14 at 20:18
@Scott I'm not so sure it is off-topic. I know I've had similar questions when working on graphic design projects. I think his including the name of the font and how/why he planned to use it gave plenty of information. –  CullenJ May 15 '14 at 20:43
What jurisdiction are you in? The UK is very different to the US, for example. Which foundry/supplier is the font supplied by (what's in the copyright string in the font)? The UK is blessed with specific and explicit law. But it may not be relevant in this case. –  Andrew Leach May 15 '14 at 20:55
Read the license that came with the font. –  DA01 May 28 '14 at 20:40

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From a strictly legal perspective, I would say the license of the font applies whether it's a path or a text object. I doubt anyone would "come after you" if you went ahead and used it, but personally I would try to be "above reproach" and search for a similar free font.

Here's a post with a similar font for the Avenir Next family: What are Google Webfonts or Typekit alternatives to Avenir Next Pro?

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@DA01 I stand corrected! Deleted both comments since you added the information as an answer. –  Yisela May 28 '14 at 21:39

What you can and can't do with a commercial typeface is outlined in the End User License Agreement that comes with the typeface.

Typically, most fonts can be used as you see fit once you purchase the license. Some have restrictions, however, in regards to the extent that the typeface is the product.

So, for example, a font used on a t-shirt, likely not a big deal. Using the font to create custom stamps? That's probably going to require a separate license.

In the end, we can't answer this question in a general manner. It's going to be specific to each individual font. If the EULA isn't clear, just email the foundry. I'm sure they'd be glad to give you an answer.

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