font piracy

I've been wondering at this for some time now...

If I want to use a font in a headline or whatever, but I don't own the font -
Is it legal to trace that headline from say a catalog or an image?

Does that fall into the category of piracy/theft?

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?

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