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Why would a designer want to purchase a typeface instead of using free ones?

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 ...
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Is Product Sans (Google new geometric font) being made available for commercial use?

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 ...
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Why would a designer want to purchase a typeface instead of using free ones?

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 ...
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Client wants font as logo

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. ...
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Client wants font as logo

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 ...
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What do I do if I don't own the client's brand font?

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 ...
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Commercial use of Helvetica Neue for web?

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-...
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Why would a designer want to purchase a typeface instead of using free ones?

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 ...
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Why are fonts more expensive when used in games?

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 ...
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Using Google Fonts for print work

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 ...
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Using a clients font to print their files

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 (...
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May I use Google Fonts for creating a logo with commercial purposes?

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 ...
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Commercial use of Helvetica Neue for web?

This font is commercial property and is not allowed to use without proper licensing for usage. Linotype licensing
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What do I do if I don't own the client's brand font?

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 ...
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May I use Google Fonts for creating a logo with commercial purposes?

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 ...
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What things should I consider when using my own custom fonts on a client's project?

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 ...
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I designed a poster for non profit, but I don't have license for the fonts. Is it ok?

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, ...
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Do I need a commercial font license for small clients and derivative works?

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 ...
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Are Adobe Typekit fonts "free" to use?

The short answer is yes (if you're using Typekit legitimately as part of your subscription to Adobe CC). Here are a couple of useful FAQs directly from the Typekit site: Can I use synced fonts for ...
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Can I use the font "Product Sans" for a commercial poster?

Google does not permit any kind of use of Product Sans for any third parties. Here is the license of the font: Google offers many fonts under open source licenses. This is not one of them. Please ...
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Am I allowed to embed Typekit fonts directly into a website and host them myself?

My understanding is No. The page view cap is there to gain further money for Adobe if you need more page views. It has absolutely nothing to do with bandwidth or foundry licensing. Adobe has plenty ...
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Commercial use of Helvetica Neue for web?

To clarify, there are two different licenses: desktop and web. If you have the font on your desktop (legally) you can create graphics for your site with it. You can even specify it in your CSS with ...
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What things should I consider when using my own custom fonts on a client's project?

Typically a computer font may be regarded as a program that converts a machine-readable piece of text into an image thereof. While it is possible to apply almost any kind of license to a font, and ...
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What do I do if I don't own the client's brand font?

If you are hired to do a job for a client, and they have specific style guides, such as font and colors, it is up to them to provide you with everything that is required by their business standards. ...
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How to find out whether a font is authentic?

The way you authenticate a piece of software (a font is a piece of software) is you have a receipt of purchase and a license agreement on paper stored on file. Without these 2 options its nearly ...
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Reserved Font Names for SIL/OFL & Registering/Trademarking Commercial Fonts

I will preface this by saying that I am not a lawyer. I am pretty familiar with font legal/business issues from my decade-plus at Adobe working with their lead font lawyer, and 20 years in the type ...
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Do I need a license to embed Helvetica or Coolvetica into an app?

You need a license from Linotype (for either Helvetica or Coolvetica) Yes there is a specific "App" license, see: https://www.linotype.com/1308886/helvetica-family.html I can't say what the ...
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Can I use the font "Product Sans" for a commercial poster?

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 ...
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Can I use the font "Product Sans" for a commercial poster?

https://fonts.google.com/license/productsans As you can see here is not allowed to use for any kind of purpose.
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Downloading a commercial font from a free source. Would that make an issue?

If the font is being redistributed illegally, you're still liable for using it without a valid licence. The probability of getting caught depends on how you use it, but it is still illegal.
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