On Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 6:37 PM, Steve Kinney <ad...@pilobilus.net> wrote:
> Beware of "free download" fonts.
Dafont.com is a good source for truly free fonts.
Some are marked "Personal Use Only", however this is almost unenforceable*.
The whole area of typeface licensing is murky as hell. For example, I
have a fully-licensed copy of "Akzidenz-Grotesk Pro" - but that is a
typeface originally designed in the 1890s and in no sane society
should require any sort of license! And then there are all the
knock-offs: due to a quirk in the laws* concerning typefaces, one can
extract the glyphs, create a new font with those glyphs, and then
distribute it. The 'README' in the font's zip file may or may not be
truth. In short: tracking the legality of a specific typeface is
hellish at best, and sometimes near-impossible.
I try to spend my time designing these days, and not worrying about
font licenses. Out of necessity, I have several large commercial
libraries - but I try to use free fonts whenever possible. I also use
free (open source) software whenever possible - but again, out of
necessity, I also use Adobe's products as well (those are licensed
too, in case any of the jack-boots of the BSA are reading).
The BSA only needs an excuse - if they raid you, they WILL find a
violation. So kids: encrypt your hard drives and keep your heads down
*IANAL, this is not legal advice ;)
PS - the BSA is the most compelling argument I've ever seen for
running an all-linux shop ;) Ask Ernie Ball about them sometime...
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