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I'm sorry if this is not the right place to ask, but I have seen other "font license" related questions on this site, and no amount of googling has yielded an answer.

Some time in 2001, I downloaded the free (archived articles say "for personal use") Sun Office 5.2, which came with a nice selection of fonts. That eventually became OpenOffice, so obviously I no longer have that installed, but I do still have the fonts, which when viewed with FontForge show a Copyright notice (Element > Font Info > PS Names > Copyright) of:

(c) 1995, Star Division GmbH, Hamburg

I tried finding info about the license of the font, read up on Wikipedia, searched for license info on font websites, but no luck. Basically, I want to know if I can use these fonts commercially. By "commercially" I mean: use the fonts to create images where the images are for commercial use, (as opposed to selling software with the font, or selling the fonts themselves).

Some of the fonts that fall under this group are:

Americano, Andorra, Arcus, Armada, ArtA, ArtB, ArtC, ArtD, ArtE, Artefakt, Avance, Aventure, Bahama, Baikal, Banberry, Baroness, Bavaria, Beda, Benelux, Brequet, CadillacCaps, Camarco, Cephyr, Chelsea, Cleo, Domo, EnriqueCaps, Erato, Eriva, Farny, Frantic, Gamins, Gero, Goncourt, Helmet, Houdon, Kiddy, Korinth, LarmaCaps, Murnau, Nuance, Opera, Pakira, Proto, Rocco, Sega, Slim, Solo, Styx, Symco, Timida, Timmons, Tintin, Uncopro, Uncorpo, Undine, Usage, Veltina, Wassily, Zazie

  • It says copyright 1995, and since in most countries (c) is 50 or 70 years, I don't think so... – PieBie Nov 25 '15 at 16:42
  • Licenses don't change. If you got them under a "personal use only" license.. that's what they are.. personal use only. – Scott Nov 25 '15 at 17:30
  • @PieBie, the copyright is different to the license. License means what I can do with it, and copyright who owns the rights to it. – Raphael Rosch Nov 25 '15 at 18:13
  • @Scott, Actually licenses do change, as can be seen with the licensing of Star/Sun Office itself. Since the licensing for Sun Office changed when it became OpenOffice (or even from 5.1 to 5.2), I am unsure what happened with the licensing of the fonts, or what was the original licensing in the first place. (Fonts can be distributed under different license to the office suite itself). – Raphael Rosch Nov 25 '15 at 18:16
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    Actually, on a hunch, I went and tried to see if I had originally installed it from a sampler CD or something, and actually found the original install CD, which is for SunOffice 5.1 (not 5.2). So, no matter what, it seems I do have the right to use the fonts, since I have the original (legal) software installer with me. I am still curious to know the answer to the question, so I won't close it. – Raphael Rosch Nov 25 '15 at 20:31

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