This question is an extension of my previous question. I had used Chevin Light and Chevin Bold in my project after downloading it from a website. Later I came to know that they are licensed fonts and I have to pay to use those fonts.

I referred fontshop.com to verify that they are paid or not. The problem is that this website is giving an enhanced name for the fonts for example:

  • I am using Chevin Light and fontshop calls it Chevin Pro Light
  • I am using Chevin Bold and fontshop calls it Chevin Pro Bold.

I need to know is there a difference between them or are they same. Altogether I need to know an authentic source where I can know whether a font is free that is open source or paid(licensed).

And if I have to buy a license, then could someone more experienced in the Fonts stuff guide me where should I buy the license.

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How to know: look it up on the internet. Find the font foundry (the designers), visit their website, and check the font licences and availability/pricing options.

In your case, a quick google search reveals the font foundry is G-Type. Their website is here: http://www.g-type.com

Where to buy: there are several websites offering licences, and you can even buy it direct from G-Type.

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    This is a good start. Be aware, though, that there are multiple shady websites offering font files for free, while they are just rips of commercial type.
    – Vincent
    Commented Jun 1, 2017 at 8:25
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    Pro versions usually have more things included (more languages, extra characters). Please pay for the font files your are using commercially or use commercially-free fonts like Google Fonts.
    – Lucian
    Commented Jun 1, 2017 at 8:32
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    On g-types's site they have a Chevin Std and a Chevin Pro, BOTH of which are paid. I see no reference to a free version. The easiest would be to contact the foundry directly and ask, but most likely you need to buy a licence from them to be able to use it.
    – spiral
    Commented Jun 1, 2017 at 8:48
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    The fontsgeek website makes no mention of a licence. Even after downloading the zip, there is no licence included, so therefore I would assume it's probably an illegal download. The Pro version will have additional features for professional use compared to the standard version. As I said, find the official font foundry if you want the right font, and the right information from the horses mouth.
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Jun 1, 2017 at 8:51
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    by the way, real/legal fonts come with licence documentation - even Open Source fonts come with licence documentation . . . so beware!
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Jun 1, 2017 at 9:08

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