I’ve had a number of clients come to me recently claiming that — because of growing browser support for the CSS rule @font-face — theÂ future is now and they should be able to have whatever fonts they want for body copy (and everything else). Â They’ve seen the Google Font API or Typekit and they’re certain that the floodgates have finally opened. Â What ensues is a painful conversation about intellectual property, font foundries, and free fonts.
Unfortunately, the future is not now. Â You cannot use Helvetica or Trade Gothic for your body copy unless said body copy is part of a Flash movie (or worse an image!). Â It is still illegal to make rights-protected fonts downloadable on your website — which is what @font-face does. Â Yes, you can now easily embed web-licensed fonts on your website. Â And yes there are many services making this easy and fast to do. Â But I have yet to meet a professional graphic designer who is willing to confine themselves to those fonts.