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P22 licensing

This is an exemplary way of explaining type licenses! The first of its kind anywhere. There seems to be a problem between P22 and Starbucks, which Starbucks could have solved very easily by hiring a type designer to custom design a typeface for unlimited use, even if based on P22 Cezanne (remember that in the USA, letter forms are not copyrightable, and in fact, P22 Cezanne itself was based on Cezanne's handwriting--any good type designer could go back to Cezanne's work and make a similar typeface). The moral for the deep-pocketed companies is simple: never license typefaces from type foundries, but instead, purchase a custom unlimited-use design. The P22 page illustrates this point very well. See also the discussion on Typophile. When you license a font from P22, you will read this: "This font set cannot be used as the principle art on products to be sold without the consent or a licensing arrangement from P22/IHOF. For example, You cannot take one of the characters and use it as the primary or sole element on commercial products such as t-shirts." This is clear language. Do not use the font for anything commercial. Again, licensing from P22 basically means that you can look at the font and play with it at home.

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