ESRI JS API: 'Avenir Next' font licence

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11-17-2020 09:51 AM
NicolasGIS
Regular Contributor

Hello,

I have been reported that my application built with ESRI JS API 4.17 does not have the proper licence to use "Avenir Next W05 Light, Regular & Demi" font.

No additional fonts is added by my application built with arcgis-webpack-plugin but looking at the bundles I found at out that there were "Avenir Next" fonts coming from arcgis-js-api module:

https://github.com/Esri/arcgis-js-api/blob/4master/themes/base/fonts/fonts.scss

https://github.com/Esri/arcgis-js-api/tree/4master/themes/base/fonts/fonts

On the other hand, I cannot find any reference to "Avenir Next W05 Light, Regular & Demi" font but only to "Avenir Next". Googling on the web, it does seem that 'Avenir Next' is not open source so can it be used with ESRI JS API ? And does those fonts from ESRI JS API includes "Avenir Next W05 Light, Regular & Demi" or just "Avenir Next" ? 

I tried to find reference in the licensing documentation or in the copyright file but did find any mention about "Avenir Next" font.

 

Could you please help ?

Thanks !

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JuliePowell
Esri Contributor

We would like to assure you that Esri is following the guidelines from Monotype on the usage of Avenir in our JS API. The terms are the following:

The font files provided with the JS API are licensed by Esri for use within the API. You may use the provided fonts when building products, services, or websites with the JS API. Do not use the font files for other purposes or redistribute.

We are in the process of updating Esri’s JS API docs so developers are aware that they can use this font family.

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Noah-Sager
Esri Regular Contributor

Hi @NicolasGIS, thanks for reporting your question here. I'm not sure about this specific Avenir font family: "Avenir Next W05 Light, Regular & Demi". But these are the Avenir fonts (in .pbf format) we have available for the ArcGIS API for Javascript:

https://developers.arcgis.com/javascript/latest/guide/labeling/#fonts-for-featurelayer%2C-csvlayer%2...

Noah-Sager_0-1605638572641.png

The fonts in the links you included look like permutations (with different weights and styles) of Avenir Next font family.

Who told you that you do not have the proper license for these fonts?

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NicolasGIS
Regular Contributor

Thanks for your reply @Noah-Sager 

IT security service received a license infringement claim on the fonts...

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NicolasGIS
Regular Contributor

I also checked my vector style style file and it does have any reference to "Avenir Next" font so I don't think the issue coming from the vector tiles.

So 'Avenir Next' font family is bundled is the API ? Where can I find this font licence ?

 

Thanks !

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NicolasGIS
Regular Contributor

Hi @Noah-Sager ,

I found this issue on Github mentioning "Avenir Next W05 Light":

https://github.com/Esri/calcite-web/issues/797

But once again, I don't understand how it could end up in my application

Thanks

 

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Noah-Sager
Esri Regular Contributor

Thanks for the additional information. I am looking into this, and will update the thread here when there is something to share.

Edit: We have the rights to use and distribute the fonts we have packaged with the API, but we need to confer with our legal department to understand exactly how we want to message this. More to come in the near future.

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JuliePowell
Esri Contributor

We would like to assure you that Esri is following the guidelines from Monotype on the usage of Avenir in our JS API. The terms are the following:

The font files provided with the JS API are licensed by Esri for use within the API. You may use the provided fonts when building products, services, or websites with the JS API. Do not use the font files for other purposes or redistribute.

We are in the process of updating Esri’s JS API docs so developers are aware that they can use this font family.

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