Is Arial a proprietary font?

Is Arial a proprietary font? Is it owned/copyrighted by Microsoft? Does the use of it's '.tff' file (such as in software source) require a license?

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action_owl (author) 8 years ago
Thanks all, I have a Comp. class and the teacher requested that all papers are typed in 10pt Arial. Since I use GNU/Linux "Arial" is not available, so I use "Sans-Serif". I'm sure this will be fine, but if for some weird reason the teacher wants to complain about my font then I have a valid argument.
Kiteman8 years ago
Although bundled with Microsoft products, the font is actually the property of Monotype Typography.

Arial's Wikipedia entry.
Better answer. I didn't dig far enough down.
What digging? I went straight to wikipedia and typed in arial font...
lemonie8 years ago
I'm not too sure what you really want to know, what do you propose to do that might possibly not be strictly legal? L
Re-design8 years ago
Yes it is owned by MS. Here's a link to a site that gives generic replacements for Arial andothers.