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I was informed in my Adobe program that I didn't have a font called "LucidaGrande". I went on google and found a site that was offering it.

Based off its name, LucidaGrande seems like it's a rather "standardized"/common font. Is it possible that there are multiple versions of LucidaGrande out there, or is there some type of standardization or font-copyright?

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Fonts are definitely subject to copyright. As a created work they are automatically copyrighted by their creator. This covers the name and the shape of the font.

This means that you cannot:

  1. Create a font that looks identical to "LucidaGrande" and call it something else.
  2. Create a font that looks different to "LucidaGrande" and call it "LucidaGrande".

What this does mean is that you'll find a lot of fonts that look almost the same, often called slightly different names to get round both of these issues.

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"In the United States, typefaces, as such, are excluded from copyright protection" scalable fonts are protected. Laws on Fonts vary from place to place. – RedGrittyBrick Jun 28 '12 at 22:22
@RedGrittyBrick - interesting. – ChrisF Jun 29 '12 at 7:42

Judging from this microsoft website Lucida Grande seems to be an apple mac osx font. I checked my windows system and it is not installed.

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