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over 3 years ago from Daniel Kaplan, Founder at

  • Sam Pierce LollaSam Pierce Lolla, over 3 years ago

    It's actually a fascinating question. Reprinting artworks feels so wrong, but it's just a typeface--couldn't I sell a poster with "1234..." etc in Helvetica?


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    • Leon KLeon K, over 3 years ago (edited over 3 years ago )

      I'm not sure at all about Helvetica, as it's a system typeface that comes licensed with my OS. However, if I were on Windows I do think I would still have to buy Helvetica, and with that I would be paying to be able to use it on posters.

      But looking at it from this point of view, by buying a device with OSX Apple grants you all the rights to use the emoji they designed commercially too.

      Then again, in the example you linked the icons are not only used as a typeface, but they are images. PNG icons designed by Apple. Even if you are allowed to use them as a typecase anywhere, they're not using it as a typeface, but as seperate icons. I was wondering about this a few weeks back too when using gemoji. The license for that project isn't really clear either.

      edit: The article you linked them actually clarifies that the Apple Emoji are PNG images embedded into the font. Does that still make it "just a typeface"?

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    • Mikael StaerMikael Staer, over 3 years ago

      No, if you want to print and sell a poster in any typeface, you need to buy the license for that typeface.

      See the license terms here for example (#13 "Definitions"):

      For open source emoji, there is

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