Myriad pro to client in master file?

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Hi,

I produced some design and packaging work for a client in which various forms of Myriad Pro were used for the text. I now no longer work for this client and they are now demanding the Master files for them to edit- from the research I have done it seems if I give them the master files I would be distributing the font (Myriad Pro) which is illegal.  Is there a way I can give them the files? If they purchase the correct license for Myriad Pro can I then give them the files or is that still distributing the font? I have offered to outline the font and give them the files but they are not interested in that. I am under no obligation to give them the master files but they are getting quite pushy about it and I would rather just give them the files and not have the stress but I want to make sure I'm not in breach of any licensing and doing it all correctly.

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Obviously, the issue of sharing the source files of your design and packaging work is really an issue between you and your former client. However, as you correctly point out, the fonts are a separate matter and you are correct in raising the issue.

You didn't say what software you used for the design work, but all recent versions of the full Adobe Creative Cloud (i.e., not just licensing individual applications) include Typekit membership which allows access to a large number of typefaces from Adobe and other font foundries.

A large number of the Myriad Pro styles are included in Typekit without any further payment. See Myriad | Typekit  for details. Assuming that you didn't use any of the Myriad Pro styles not included in the Typekit subscription, you can reasonably advise your former client to access the Myriad Pro fonts via synchronization with Typekit.

Otherwise, it is really up to your former clients to license, download, and install those fonts themselves. Once they are so-licensed, you could provide them with the font files you used, but that would be somewhat redundant.

          - Dov

- Dov Isaacs, former Adobe Principal Scientist (April 30, 1990 - May 30, 2021)

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