Thursday, October 29, 2009

Font Copyright Infringement

NBC has been sued by the Boston based type foundry, The Font Bureau. The Font Bureau claims that NBC had only purchased one license but had actually installed the fonts on several different computers. NBC also only paid for a limited number of fonts on this license. What NBC is being sued for is copyright infringement. The average person might not know that fonts are copyright protected, but NBC knew this and still proceeded to violate the terms by using typefaces that were not payed for in their fall marketing campaign.

NBC now faces a $2 million lawsuit for its disregard for copyright law. The Font Bureau claims that this case has damaged its relationship with past and present customers. This case should serve as a warning to designers to be aware of copyright law and to make sure that all of their fonts are licensed.

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