I have a question regarding the Font Family Futura - in particular the font Futura XBlkCn BT.

To be more precise I want to know if this font is allowed to use in Logos etc.?

I am literally searching the hell out of google to find a proper answer for this, unfortunately not with a satisfying answer. What I found out until now is that the font family from futura is not per definition protected for any use in a logo or a corporate identity. According to my research futura itself is "public domain", which means (at least in my understanding) that this font should be free for corporate use or did I understood that wrong?

Actually I am a bit concerned since a friend of mine informed me that the brand "Absolut - Vodka" is using a similar font for their corp-identity.....

I'm a student and was wondering about a particular font and whether or not it can be used in a logo design or a poster for a school assignment. Or can this font be used for an actual logo design? I'd just like to know what sort of licensing it has.

There was a font used for the Venice Biennale 2012 by John Morgan Studio. I've e-mailed directly to his studio about licensing and what not and so far received no response. (Most likely very busy, no time to address a student)

I'm practicing hand lettering and have come across some fonts I like while browsing font stores on the web.
If I look at these fonts and draw them free hand with just a pencil and paper, am I infringing on the font's copyright?
I plan on selling the finished piece I create.

I am NOT printing the font and tracing over it. I am NOT tracing over an image of the font in Illustrator.
However, I AM looking at the font and free-hand drawing it.

Once I'm finished looking at the font and free-hand drawing it (NOT TRACING), it looks very similar but IS NOT an exact copy.
I feel my hand drawn version of the font is not an exact copy but does closely mimic the original font.
Again, I AM NOT TRACING, I am free-hand drawing while looking at the font to imperfectly replicate it.

Hi there,

I'm a graphic design student and a relatively new user of FontLab Studio 5. I'm currently working on a typeface in Fontlab Studio that I'm hoping to release commercially. A tutor suggested that I should try to see if I can export the final OpenType/TrueType files in a 'locked' format, to prevent others from being able to easily open, edit and rerelease the typeface. However, as a beginner I don't yet know how to do this in FontLab Studio.

Any instructions would be gratefully received,

Many thanks,


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Copyright queston

Hi. I'm new in type design. I've developed some custom lettering for logos but now i want to get into serious font design.
I've used FontForge and finally decided to purchase Glyphsapp. For my first try, instead of design a font from scratch, I decided to digitalize a font from an old Dan X. Solo catalog I found in my house.
My work is almost complete and I want to show it for some critique but I'm concerned about wether I have the right to publish for educational purpose or don't.


I have an image credit with the copyright symbol.
I'm not sure if a normal space either side of the copyright symbol is correct, or if the the space should be; hair, sixth, thin, quarter etc.

The credit is as below:

[Artist name], [Title of Work], [Year].
Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist.

I assume the correct thing to do is to have a normal space either side of the symbol.

Any help would be appreciated.


I'm new here, and thinking of copyright issues. I have searched the forum but haven't found satisfying answers to this:

Can I modify/alter an existing font with a font software and use it in a commercial or non-commercial published work, for example a book or magazine. Probably the answer is usually NO, but what if I would mention the original font in the book/magazine and that I have re-cut it for this particular use? Or do I always need to ask a permission?

Here's an example I noticed:

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Revivals and copyrights


I have seen a lot of revivals of old typefaces taken from printed sources to the digital realm. This kind of work really interests me and I have a question in this regard: is an ethical thing to do? I mean, copying a design from a printed source and making a digital font? What do copyright says in this regard?

Thanks for clarifications

I have a question regarding copyright laws.

I am starting up a product line and was wondering what the laws were about using a typeface? I know that Bodoni, Clarendon and Univers are all rather old typefaces and wanted to know if older typefaces like that are royalty free or if typefaces can even be royalty free after a particulier amount of time like it works for music and images. and if so, does that count for their original creation date or if it changes when they move from foundry to foundry and when they get updates. for example, Bodoni was originally created back in the 1700's but what about bodoni std poster, would that fall under the same Bodoni copyright? Do I need to find out who owns it and contact them?

Hi all,

I'm developing a suite of icons for use by an organisation. The majority are generic symbols from public domain or developed by me, while others are TM logos or symbols such as word, powerpoint, PDF logo, Facebook etc. It's these kinds of proprietary symbols that have me scratching my head.

Any advice from someone who has been through a similar situation? I would normally seek permission from the company, but I'm unsure about even the language or terms I should use or whether I would run into a brick wall etc. I'm tempted to develop a suite of generic symbols which try and represent these icons without reproducing them but that seems a little counter-intuative or something.

Any help would be well appreciated. Thanks for reading.

I was wondering, if a foundry demands to buy my font I'm going to be like, "Hell no."
I want to own the copyright. But why will they want to work with me to finalize the development of the font, if they will only have the right to sell it for a few years? They must figure that I will be taking my font with me and leaving at some point if I am only licensing the font to them. Is there really a lot in it for them to put their resources and energy into helping me finish it, if they figure (and figure right most likely) that I will leave them and take it with me at some point, if I can - Jeremy Tankard style?

Dear typophiles,

A friend of mine is about to design a typeface(revival) inspired by Feder Grotesk (1909)
Are there any copyright issues he should take in account?

Here is the link to the sample:

I'm new to typophile but I was curious whether there were any typeface designers out there who have opinions on the copyright law surrounding typefaces. The following are some questions I thought might propel the discussion:

Firstly, as you see it, do you feel well protected by the copyright law concerning typeface design?

What do you see as the main flaws of the way the law works to protect you as a designer?

Do you feel the main problem to be piracy or plagiarism?

Why do you feel so many people are willing to appropriate typefaces without the artist/designer's permission?

How do you feel would be the best way to resolve this ongoing problem? Does it come from a change in legislation, or an attempt to change people's attitudes...?

Thanks for your time guys and gals.


I'm about to try to sell my first font and introduce it to the world, but...

How do you protect your fonts from being stolen by someone who could take them and rename them, and claim that they were the original creator and sell them themselves or whatever they want to do with them?

What measures do you take to protect your fonts from this kind of thing?

Thanks in advance.

Hello dear typophiles community,

A client asked me to use a font for his logo that he found on dafont (doh…)
The one is "Little Days" and supposed to be freeware.
However, reading its comments I've discovered it's extremely similar to this commercial font Memimas.

Looking forward, I've fallen on this article by Luc Devroye. He claims it’s not a copy, but I must admit I find his arguments totally wrong.

You know that feeling? Your submission has been rejected by the font foundry then some months later the same foundry release a font based on your designs...

What is the very best way to protect against this type of piracy? Are there standard ways to prevent it? What is the best approach to archiving/protecting/etc digital font files and/or printed type specimens?

I'm curious what the view is within this community regarding copyright.

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Copyright questions

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!

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Mecanorma Graphic Book


I'm new to this forum and I wanted to ask a question of the more experienced typophiles out there. I was recently involved in a discussion over at MyFonts, where a font was identified as Pinto Inline, an undigitised font by Graphic Systems (that's what it says in my catalogue anyway).

I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice...

Yeahsayer just ripped of my typeface Grindavik (which I've never sold to anyone) and I'm not sure what I can do. They changed some letters, like the B and C, but it's obvious that this is a blatant rip... is there anything that can be done?

Hi. I swear I’m not trying to start any flames here :) It’s just that I’m not a type professional—heck, I’m probably not even a type enthusiast by the standards of this forum—and I’m having a hard time finding information on the copyright situation of famous classic fonts.

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