The price of the full packages of professional, commercial fonts (Adobe Garamond, Minion, etc.) is far out of the range of what I can afford. So I am wondering if there is no alternative somewhere? If I just need to compile a few LuaLaTeX documents, can this not be done without buying the fonts themselves?

For instance, there are lots of (paid) online TeX compilation services by now. Do you know if any of them have commercial fonts in their system that can be used when compiling documents? A side question: Do you think this would even be legal? (Of course, the fonts would have to stay internally in their system, unaccessible for the users to download.)

closed as off-topic by egreg, user13907, Paul Gessler, Joseph Wright Jan 23 '15 at 22:53

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  • Font licensing is a critical topic and we don't give any legal advice here. So i guess at least that part is off-topic. – Johannes_B Jan 23 '15 at 21:17
  • There are soo many open source fonts out there, the whole TeX Gyre-project, Linux Libertine, many of them with good to excellent math support. Isn't there any font you like? – Johannes_B Jan 23 '15 at 21:18
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    I think you've got to bear in mind that 'have the font available' is not the same as 'have the legal right to use the font for typesetting a distributed document'. Font licenses for use on servers are expensive, and I don't see why any service would pay for this unless also charging you a lot. In any case, that's a legal question so off-topic for us. – Joseph Wright Jan 23 '15 at 22:38
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    @JosephWright It was actually discussed here already. And it seems to be legal. IANAL obviously. I personally like to use Libertine or kpfonts, though. – Juri Robl Jan 23 '15 at 22:44
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    @JuriRobl True: that one is really off-topic (although upvoted) so I've closed. I'll do the same here: it's a clear case. – Joseph Wright Jan 23 '15 at 22:53