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Question regarding fonts…

  • # January 29, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Hello all!

    I’ve wondered about this for a long time. What are the rules regarding font copyrights?

    What I mean is, if I find a font that I can download for free on a website, what are the legal implications as far as putting it on a site, or putting it in print?

    If I were to find a font for free for download on website "A", but the exact same font is $25.00 on website "B", what exactly does that mean?

    For example, on http://www.dafont.com, you can filter fonts by public domain, free, free for personal use, pay, etc…
    If I was creating a logo for a commercial company, would I have to make sure that I picked either a public domain font, or make sure that I payed for one?

    I know this post has a lot of muddled questions, but I’m quite confused on the subject. Any help/explanations/answers would be GREATLY appreciated.

    Thanks in advance!

    Rob
    # January 29, 2010 at 10:44 am

    As long as it was completely free for commercial/business use you are ok – as you guessed free for personal use is a no go’er for someone’s logo… if in doubt, and there is a purchasing option AND its from a trusted site then buy it and add it to the bill…

    You might want to look here for a good community standard for open source stuff – and it will have information explaining things as well, if I remember right.

    http://www.opensource.org/licenses/alphabetical

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