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To scoop up all suggestions in the comments and add my own reasons, here goes: Quality Paid fonts are higher in quality, on average than free ones. Remember that saying: 'Pay peanuts, and you get monkeys'? It applies to fonts as well. Paid fonts most probably have more features than free ones, just like most other software. Examples are lowercase; glyphs ...


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When you open the TTF webfont in use on Google websites, you get some metadata and a link to this URL: https://www.google.com/fonts/license/productsans It says: Google offers many fonts on open source terms. This is not one of them. Please see www.google.com/fonts.


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Why should someone pay for your designs? Because you have talent, knowledge, invested time and you can create something unique that someone else can't. The same is true for type designers and their product. They don't give away their quality product for free because the invested a lot. Most free (gratis) fonts are very low quality. Imagine doing an ...


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You are asking a few questions here: Is simply typesetting a company name in a font a logo? Yes, it certainly can be. Is it the best solution? Sometimes, but often it's not the best solution. Can I send a copy of a commercial font I used to a client? No. If it's a commercial font, meaning you purchased a license, then if the client wants to use the ...


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First of all, it is possible to simple have a typographic logo solution. Logos do not have to be graphic marks or use an original font. If your client is happy with what you've made as a standalone logo, then you should be able to create outlines out of the logo and send him a vector form of the logo without going against the copyright. However, perhaps you'...


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It'll depend. Some companies will own the font outright (being a font they paid to have created). Some companies will have a license for the commercial font that they can allow their vendors to use (designers and printers). Some companies won't have either. At that point you have a few options. If it's a font you think would be useful elsewhere--you ...


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Short answer: you should use the typeface that is right for the job. Maybe that's a free font. Maybe it's not. Longer answer: Disadvantages of (many, not all) free fonts: limited character set limited weights and styles they tend to be over-used and can dilute your brand image because of that limited range of variety Advantages of (many, not all) paid ...


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It's almost redundant to point out that violating someone's copyright is not only unethical, it is illegal. And, yes, it is certainly possible that someone might "contact" you on the subject, depending on the circumstances. If you have no license to use a particular font, but you gained financially by using it, you don't have a defense. "Possible" is not the ...


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The reason is when you're buying the font for a desktop, it can be used to author text on one or two machines, by one person. When you have a game the game authors those texts on many machines so the situation is the same as if you'd buy a license for each player separately. So as long as the font has a pay per usage model a game would constitute many uses. ...


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In the specific case of Gotham (or just about any other font made by Hoefler and Frere-Jones with the exception of Hoefler Text and maybe a couple of others), they don't sell through third parties. So, any site that wants to sell it to you for cheap or free is not legit. In more general terms, it's better to assume that a free font site is guilty until ...


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Segoe UI is not for sale, and only available pre-packaged with certain Microsoft products. Therefore, if you don't have it already, buying a copy of Windows 7 would be a legitimate way of obtaining Segoe UI for use on the computer you install it on. Once you have a legitimate copy of the font in your possession, feel free to use it to create whatever ...


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It's legal to ask the browser to use Helvetica Neue if it's available on the system, but you'd need a license if you want to serve the font yourself. One option is to use Helvetica Neue if it's system-installed and fall back to some other sans-serif font like Arial if it's not.


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It's completely fine to use them. Google Fonts are all open source, so you can use them for whatever you like. However, they are mostly screen fonts. In other words, they're mostly designed to look decent on a display. They have big lower-case letters, wide spacing between characters, no fine strokes that wouldn't render on screen and so on. Most are sans-...


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Each and every foundry has an End User license Agreement (EULA) for their fonts. They all vary to some degree. Some EULAs may forbid the client from ever sending you files to begin. Some EULAs state (paraphrasing) that sharing in order to "facilitate reproduction" is acceptable, but nothing is to be retained after reproduction. Really, only reading the ...


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I guess the only possible answer is to either: check the originating foundry's site (H&FJ in this case) and buy from them an alternative supplier they link to (not relevant in this case) use well-known suppliers with high reputation (Fontshop, MyFonts etc) It is unlikely that the exact same font will both be sold and given away free.


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Depending on the Font you're probably out of lucky. Most Font Licenses do not allow for distribution for example the foundry, House Industries, has the following terms: ABOUT DEVICES The base purchase price of your House Industries fonts includes a license for use on ten (10) devices owned by the same entity or individual. A device is defined as a ...


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Yes you can. From About Google Fonts (emphasis mine): All of the fonts are Open Source. This means that you are free to share your favorites with friends and colleagues. You can even customize them for your own use, or collaborate with the original designer to improve them. And you can use them in every way you want, privately or commercially — in print, ...


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Every font publisher has its own license that specifies the conditions of use, number of workstations ("seats") on which the font software may be installed, and the specific restrictions regarding use of the font. I don't know of any commercially sold fonts that restrict the number of projects or pieces in which a font may be used, nor can I think of a ...


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Copyright laws are fuzzy to begin with, and vary from region to region. When it comes to type design, it's even more wild and varied. For instance, in the US, you can't copyright a typeface design. Some typeface designs are patented by their designers, but design patents are not that widely used, and they last only 15 years anyway. You can design a typeface,...


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I know this isn't the answer you are looking for, but I think you are asking the wrong question. There is more to sustainability than just "can I get away with this?". If you are planning to make a career in design you will need to get paid for your efforts. By not legally purchasing a product that is commercially available, you are tacitly endorsing a ...


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This font is commercial property and is not allowed to use without proper licensing for usage. Linotype licensing


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Clarification: We are designers, for real answers you should ask a lawyer. First thing I would consider is: Were you paid by the company to design this typeface, or did you have it before you used it for the project? If you were paid to do it, then the type's right probably belongs to the company, and not to you (depends on your contract). You can most ...


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Is it legal for me to do that since I don't have license for those font/typeface? (Univers, Rockwell, Berkeley) Depends on the license. Assuming the school properly licensed them in the first place, they were likely 'for student use only' licenses. If the not profit have the ability to print unlimited, do they need to pay for the font? They need to pay ...


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Yes. "Commercial Use" means you are granted a license to use the item in products you sell. (Note this is based solely upon that one line of text. There does not appear to be any further details on the license specifically. Even downloading and checking the result does not offer any further explanation or statutes to the license.)


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The MS page you references quite clearly says that Ascender Corporation licenses these fonts on behalf of various vendors (Agfa Monotype, in this case). The MS link is confusing, because it links to Segoe UI Mono, not Segoe UI. Search the Ascender site using the handy search box in the upper right corner. In the list of fonts shipped with Win7 you'll find ...


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First off I agree with Alan and other posters answers regarding the ethical and right thing to do. As a designer who is paid for creative work it's just wrong to not respect others creative work. With that being said the actual legalities of it depend on what country you live in but in the U.S. most of the actual federal laws that are punishable criminally ...


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The font itself (with its variants) can be bought from Linotype. Font licences change depending on the foundry, and also depending on use. You will for sure need to buy at least one license for commercial use. But as always with font licensing, it's best to ask the foundry directly, as each one is different. From https://softwareengineering.stackexchange....


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Yes. To both instances. Commercial licenses allow you to use the font commercially. In other words, you are allowed to make money off of designs which use commercially licensed fonts. If you are charging anyone anything for the items you are creating with the fonts, you need a commercial license. The license is granted to the individual or company ...


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While all fonts on Google Fonts are open source, the actual restrictions on their use depend on the specific open source license they're released under, which varies between fonts — there is no single license that would apply to all of Google Fonts. The most common licenses on Google Fonts seem to be the SIL Open Font License and the Apache License 2....


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This is a legal question rather than a design question, which unfortunately this community is not very well positioned to help you with, since we are not all lawyers (although some of us may be!) and the jurisdiction really varies between states and/or countries. That said, "personal use" is too vague, and dafont/fontspace have countless fonts of dubious ...


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