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Most of the fonts you’ll encounter are copyrighted. That said, you do have the right to use certain ones for your commercial productions. However (there’s always one of those), it is in your best interest to find out which ones can be used freely and which may not. Any of those sites that have ‘free fonts’ are primarily for personal use. Fortunately, most of the ones you download have little ‘read me’ files with them that will explain what they can be used for and who to contact including the fee (if any for their useage.) The last thing you want to do is get rolling on a for pay project with distribution (at any level) and get nailed because you didn’t check to see if you needed to get permission for a font! When it is proven you’ve violated someone’s copyrights, you get hammered witha finefor each violation in each instance of violation (1 use of a font in 1 production + 1 sale of 1 unit = 1 instance.) So if you used 2 fonts or more you could be hit with multiple violations in a single instance. If you sold 10,000 units that’s 10,000 instances with 20,000 violations! Damages for proven infringement range from (just being stupid) $200 to (willful) $150,000 per violation! Do the math; average penalty is $30k so 20,000 violations x $30k (if you’re lucky)….
A few hours or days research may keep you out of ‘slavery’ (you couldn’t be in debtor’s prison long enough to pay a penalty like that!) Just say no to copyright infringement.