[Scribus] Legality of Font Embedding

Asif Lodhi asif.lodhi
Sat Apr 30 01:02:49 CEST 2005

Are you aware of any font-query tools that tell whether a font is, or is 
not, embeddable? I wonder what the behavior of non-embeddable fonts, or 
Scribus, would be if I did try to embed such a font. Yes, what is the 
Scribus' behavior with such [non-embeddable] fonts? In addition, though I 
haven't yet tried, What is the status of adobe fonts that come bundled with 
the Acrobat reader for Windows? Can those fonts be embedded?

Thanks and regards


On 4/30/05, frank gaude' <tanzen at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> Asif Lodhi wrote:
> > Hi
> >
> > Someone has questioned the legality of embedding fonts in PDFs and
> > transporting those PDFs on other machines. I am curious about the
> > same. Any comments?
> >
> > Best regards
> >
> > Asif Lodhi
> Well, being a long-time font designer myself I can tell you that a
> modern font design program like "FontLab 4.6" knows about the various
> states a font collection can be in, set by the original designer or
> company who owns the font. There's about five conditions, embed, embed
> but not permit editing, not permit embedding at all, etc.
> Many font houses don't permit any embedding because a programmer can go
> in with the right tools and strip-out the code of the commercial font.
> Microsoft permits embedding in most of the fonts they distribute with
> Windows and on their web sites. Most other companies don't permit full
> embedding as far as I've seen from my years of work, since about 1979.
> Lawyers will have much to say about font embedding.
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