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I am interested in using the Futura PT family of fonts in a web application for the company at which I work. I initially found Futura PT listed on fonts.google.com, but the font wasn't available for free as it just had a link to monotype.com where it could be purchased.

However, I found Futura PT on a website called UXfree (link to download page) where I could just download it for free. Would this free version be legal to use internally at a company? An outside company made our company's public facing website, which uses the Futura PT fonts, and I don't know how they licensed it. I was hoping to use Futura PT in the web application to give a look consistent with our public website, which in turn is consistent with our branding.

Can I legally use this freely downloaded commercial font in a non-public web application the company will use internally? Or am I required to purchase it?

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    What does the website's license say?
    – kevin
    Nov 22, 2018 at 6:46
  • I don't really understand the legalese. I sent a message to them asking about it. At least they won't downvote me there :) I will post the answer to my question here though in case it helps anyone. Nov 22, 2018 at 16:22
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    If it's any consolation - people downvote here because they don't appreciate the gaps in knowledge of the question askers. It's a common problem across all SE sites. On the stack overflow site it's a massive problem that prevents new members joining the site.
    – Dan Rayson
    Nov 25, 2018 at 14:04
  • @DanRayson Appreciate the comment, and yes, I have seen how it's a problem on Stack Overflow too. Nov 30, 2018 at 0:28

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I sent a message to Monotype about this matter. Here is what I wrote:

I found Futura PT from fonts.google.com which sent me to fonts.com where I could buy Futura PT for $30. However, I found the font available at this site: https://www.uxfree.com/dload/462559/ Are they violating the law by providing the Futura PT font for free?

And here was the response:

Yes, they most probably are - thanks for making us aware of it. We will forward this to our legal department.

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If you buy something from a thief, you don’t own it - it doesn’t matter that what the thief stole was intellectual rather than physical property.

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