There are four good rulesthat guide ethical practicein font licensing:
If you are using a font, whetherit’s on your computer or thatof someone else, make sure youhave a license to use the font.
If you want to use a font that isnot installed on your computer, you must either ensure that youor your employer has a licenseto install the font on yourcomputer or else acquire alicense to use it.
If you have any questions about your font license, contact thefoundry or supplier of the font.(If you do not know the foundry or supplier, almost any foundry or supplier can help you identify the source.)
Don’t lend or give fonts toothers to use. Your friends,clients and colleagues need toacquire the rights to use them. When it comes to licensing fonts, ethical practice makessense legally and ﬁnancially. Violating the terms of a licenseagreement puts the designer,the client and future businessrelationships at risk. An ethicalapproach to font use and fontlicenses is therefore bothgood business practice andgood business.
Fonts are creative,intellectual property.
Typefaces are collections of letterforms. They endow writtencommunications with a style thatultimately reﬂects the characterand style of the originator of the communication, whether acorporation or an individual.Typefaces are the result of extensiveresearch, study and experimenta-tion, and for some designers,the creation of typefaces is a full-time occupation. The training andexpertise required to develop atypeface qualiﬁes the product asintellectual property and meritsits protection under copyright law in many countries. A font is the software that describesthe characters in a typeface. Digi-tal fonts, like any software, areintellectual property and may besubject to federal copyright andtrademark laws.For additional guidance on soft- ware use and management, youcan refer to the “Use of Software”chapter in this book, on page 54.
You do not own a font.You license it for limited uses.