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As I know, FreeType restrict some features by patented font technology from Apple. So, if I develop a program for Apple platform only, can I enable and use the features?

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closed as off-topic by MichaelT, gnat, GlenH7, Dan Pichelman, user61852 Dec 11 at 21:27

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You have no intention of modifying, distributing or claiming the features as your own? –  JeffO May 1 '11 at 13:42
    
I don't think there's a legal.stackexchange.com, but it's definately not subjective (it's either legal or not). –  Deckard May 1 '11 at 19:30
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Legal issues in software development are on-topic here, and patent law is complex enough it could use the benefit of experential-based answers. –  user8 May 1 '11 at 20:42
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This question appears to be off-topic because it is about a legal issue with patent law. –  MichaelT Dec 8 at 4:31

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This would not be allowed "by default," only if Apple somewhere licenses their patents to you. I'm sure they license them for their APIs but FreeType seems doubtful.

However, haven't the patents expired anyway? see http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3726801/freetype-patent-issue

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Oh thanks a lot! –  Eonil May 2 '11 at 2:32

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