Hello there, I am trying to find out the restrictions for Adobe fonts displayed in commercial video games. Specifically, I am looking to use converted bitmap images to display text on screen and not including the true type or open type format directly on the given platform.
Does anyone have any experience with this?
Will the standard purchase agreement from Adobe grant this type of usage?
I'm not an attorney and I don't have a copy of typical font licenses from Adobe (and there are different versions). But I believe that I would not be too far off in saying that if you use an image of the characters, or embed the characters in such a way that they cannot be extracted or repurposed (much like an Acrobat document), you'd be OK.
Thanks for the input, I have found that each foundry has very different usage guidelines and that half of them need a separate license when used with generated type (as in having a virtual keyboard that allows for a user to type in a string)from a bitmap array. Does anybody know if there are overarching legal guidelines for the type industry?
For better or for worse, there are no such "overarching legal guidelines" for the type industry as a whole except that you need to read the licenses for any and each font foundry and in many cases, each font from same to ascertain that you are in compliance with the terms thereof.
In the case of all fonts licensed from Adobe, you are certainly OK in using those fonts as you described.
- Dov Isaacs, former Adobe Principal Scientist (April 30, 1990 - May 30, 2021)