[XeTeX] Arial and Times New Roman license?

Michiel Kamermans pomax at nihongoresources.com
Tue Dec 22 23:15:38 CET 2009

Keith J. Schultz wrote:
> My question would be is emdedding the fonts in a pdf considered distrubuting the font. I would think not. Naturally, someone could probably extract the fonts in a pdf, but by enbedding the fonts I am not giving them access to use them on thier machine.

Embedding for fonts comes in four flavours: not allowed, allowed for 
read-only documents (which "installs" the embedded font for the duration 
of document viewing), allowed for editable documents (also "installs" 
the embedded font for the duration of document viewing), and 
unconditionally allowed (meaning it allows installing the embedded font 
on your own system).

Most fonts that come with licenses, come with an indicator which level 
of embedding is allowed. The Microsoft code fonts, for instance, are all 
set to "embedding allowed for editable documents".

In addition, fonts can be embedded as subsets, meaning that only the 
characters from it that are actually used in the document are included, 
making reverse engineering the font from the PDF simply impossible. 
XeLaTeX doesn't do full font embedding, so I'd say you're safe on two 
fronts: you're not including the original font (so you're not 
distributing) and virtually all fonts with an explicit license allow 

- Mike "Pomax" Kamermans

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