I've just read the licence for the Hoefler font (see their EULA). It says explicitly:

You may not create Embedded Documents, except as expressly provided in paragraphs 3.2 and 3.3:

and "Embedded Documents" includes "ordinary" PDFs.

Now it may be that Apple has a different licence that is in force when I "bought" this font through Mac OS X. If so, where do I find it? (More generally, for any font distributed with Mac OS X.) I'd quite like to know that if I create a PDF with one of these fonts then I'm not breaking the law.

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From the os license:

E. Fonts. Subject to the terms and conditions of this License, you may use the fonts included with the Apple Software to display and print content while running the Apple Software; however, you may only embed fonts in content if that is permitted by the embedding restrictions accompanying the font in question. These embedding restrictions can be found in the Font Book/Preview/Show Font Info panel.

In FontBook Show Info for Hoefler Text it says "Embeddable: Yes".

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    I did not find "Embeddable" information in FontBook in macOS 10.12
    – Yang Bo
    Jun 29, 2017 at 7:29

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