This FAQ provides answers to common font licensing questions and issues applicable only to Adobe’s general font licensing customs and practices.
Fonts from other foundries come with their own font End-User License Agreement (EULA) which is the sole legal authority for determining how you are permitted to use the font.
If you’re using a Typekit subscription to sync fonts to your computer or add them to a website, refer to the Typekit Font Licensing page.
Some fonts available in current or past Adobe Type products, such Adobe Font Folio or the Adobe Type Library, are sub-licensed from third party foundries and not actually owned by Adobe. Adobe currently owns about 100 typeface families, comprising about 1000 individual fonts.
Yes, Adobe's standard font licensing agreement (EULA) allows for both personal and commercial use, sales, and distribution of designs and documents which are created using the font software. This may include printed materials, logos, and rendered content like photographs, film, video and bitmap graphics.
If distributed, the design should not contain the original font, but can be converted to vector outlines, rasterized, or subsetted and embedded in an electronic document like a PDF or eBook.
Yes, you use the fonts in any desktop program (such as Adobe Photoshop) to create images, which you can then use for any purpose. This would include generating a PDF, EPS file, or bitmapped file such as a JPEG or PNG.
Yes, you may copyright any logo or design you have created with Adobe fonts.
Yes, you may register the logo you created with Adobe fonts as a trademark.
Yes, but only with an Adobe Typekit subscription. Typekit provides secure web font hosting for anyone who wants to use great fonts on their websites.
Fonts remain protected on the Typekit servers and are dynamically delivered to browsers in the appropriate format to ensure an optimal and consistent typographic experience. Typekit offers user-friendly integration with CSS and HTML code, and other optimizations, like font subsetting.
When a font is used on the web with @font-face, it is made available on a server for a browser to download and use. Doing so exposes the font to both piracy and unintentional misuse. Services like Typekit provide extra layers of protection for fonts to help reduce those risks.
For Font Folio questions, please review the Font Folio FAQ.
You can use Adobe-owned fonts with sIFR and Cufón, but you may not redistribute the Flash or SVG files.
Also, we recommend using Typekit to style your text with web fonts instead of using sIFR or Cufón. The latter both replace or overlay HTML text with fonts rendered with other technologies, which interferes with processes that use the text information, such as copying and searching. Typekit styles your source text with web font files, providing the same visual effect without losing the accessibility of real text.
If you have a question related to licensing that is not addressed in this FAQ or if you need additional information not provided here, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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