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Hi, I'm not sure if this is a daft question or not. I'd like to distribute arial.ttf with my game, would it be a problematic legal situation? I have a few others in mind too - Trebuchet MS and Cumberland Bold, all straight from my Windows fonts folder. Also, most linux distributions (and OpenOffice.org packages) have some near-similar looking fonts that could prove worthy alternatives if the above question gets a firing squad. What's the deal with these? Can I package them with my game? Thanks for your time.

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According to Microsoft's Font Redistribution FAQ




"The fonts are governed by the same restrictions as the products they are supplied with. You are not allowed to copy, redistribute or reverse engineer the font files. For full details see the license agreement supplied with the product.

Some fonts may be embedded within document files. Embedding allows fonts to travel with documents. Embedded fonts can only be used to print, preview and, in some cases, edit the document in which they are embedded. Please see the Embedding TrueType page and the TrueType font embedding FAQ for details."


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Thanks for the quick reply, suppose I better look for some Open Sourced alternatives then. Shame, they really looked good on my UI :(


If you want open source fonts, several of the fonts in Gnome are Bitstream's Vera open source fonts. Bitstream's license allows for redistribution and modification.
Bitstream's Vera site
Vera Font package from Gnome

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