Copyright questions

Starry Night Sky's picture

Hello, I hope somebody can help me answer my question.

If I were to start a magazine and I'd like to use Bodoni for the text (it's an example) would it be legal? The font was included in the laptop when I bought it, but to be honest I'm not sure if I need a license to use it in my magazine.

Thanks in advance!

Ray Larabie's picture

No, you need a license agreement to do that. Even if it's a free font, you'd still need to find the license agreement.

Starry Night Sky's picture

Oh, I see. And how can I get a license agreement?

Ray Larabie's picture

Gotta buy it. There is a possibility that the font was included with software that you bought, i which case you can dig around the documentation for a license agreement. For example, with Photoshop & InDesign a bunch of fonts are included. I don't usually install the fonts that come with software so I'm not sure.

Shop around at a font site like MyFonts, FontSpring etc. You might find something you like even more that costs less.

Jens Kutilek's picture

If the font came pre-installed on your computer, and you bought the computer new, and you are the only person who will use the font to design your magazine, then you most probably don't need an extra license to use it.

Starry Night Sky's picture

Ok, what if for the magazine's logo I used bauer bodoni (which I don't have) that is illegal right? And I'd need a licence, or is there no trouble for logotypes?

aluminum's picture

"Bodoni...The font was included in the laptop"

"bodoni (which I don't have)"

I'm confused.

ahyangyi's picture

The latter is "bauer bodoni". The first Bodoni is a Bodoni that comes with an OS, say, Bodoni MT if Windows.

Uli's picture

typodermic:

> No, you need a license agreement to do that.
> Even if it's a free font, you'd still need to find the license agreement.

You need a license from Giambattista Bodoni in Parma.

That's what Typodermic makes Starry Night Sky believe.

http://img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk/images/n14/n70253.jpg

"Starry, starry night.
Portraits hung in empty halls,
Frameless head on nameless walls ..."

Steven Acres's picture

If it's Bodoni and it came with your OS, I wouldn't bother getting a license agreement.

Frode Bo Helland's picture

And yes: you need a license to use Bauer Bodoni.

Uli's picture

frode frank:

> And yes: you need a license to use Bauer Bodoni.

From whom did these outfits obtain the right to license Bodoni?

Bauer Bodoni from Adobe
Bauer Bodoni from Bitstream
Bauer Bodoni from URW++
Bauer Bodoni from Elsner+Flake
Bauer Bodoni from Monotype Imaging
Bauer Bodoni from Linotype

http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/ftbauer/bauer-bodoni/alternate_cuts.html

Frode Bo Helland's picture

@Uli: I’m not about to take on a discussion with you, primarily because I don’t know half what you know about these matters. I’m just trying to tell the guy he should purchase a license for the fonts he’ll be using, unless he already owns one (via Windows for example).

Personally, I’d be looking at one of the more expanded moderns with opticals sizes (like Ingeborg, ITC Bodoni, HTF Didot or FF Holmen) or something a bit more quirky (like Ambroise or Didot Elder).

Frode Bo Helland's picture

Terminal Design’s Yo family might also interest you:
Yo Andy (and the four listed below).

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