Irony today: French Hadopi new Anti-Piracy logo infringes on copyright.

Remember the name Jean-Francois Porchez people, he is our hero in this hilarious story.

The French Police have a special force called Hadopi , which is set up specifically to stop piracy and illegal downloads. When they unveiled their new logo - and French culture minister Frederic Mitterrand, said that Hadopi "finally had a face" - Jean-Francois Porchez spotted his typeface in the design. The typeface he had sold exclusively to France Telecom. You can't make this stuff up.

The design agency Plan Creatif that created the Hadopi logo has now admitted it used the typeface by mistake and the design had now been "tweaked".
But Mr Porchez said he was still considering legal action against the government for illegal use of his design.

Ps, if you fancy shopping, you can find Porchez Typofonderie fonts here.

AnonymousCoward's picture
Dabitch's picture is on this story as well, they were Metafiltered (which seems to have caused their servers to die for the moment)... The reason I'm bringing that up is because of the fucked up debate going on in that thread. Lets quote this gem of a comment; "Given the current environment on the Internet it should not be the job of the end user to ensure that every font, photo, file is legitimate and that all licenses have been paid."

Right, well, the job does lie on the designer who is selling his work later. Built with 'stolen' fonts. Oooooops.

In other news NBC Sued in Font-Related Flare-Up

NBC's legal team has one more headache on its hands. On Tuesday afternoon, the company was served with a lawsuit by the Font Bureau, one of the country's leading typographic design firms and the company responsible for crafting typefaces for the likes of Apple, Microsoft, and the New York Times Co. What would prompt a company that designs fonts to wage a legal assault on the media conglomerate? It seems NBC didn't secure the rights to use a handful of Font Bureau's trademarked typefaces. The same ones, we should add, that have been used as part of NBC's fall marketing campaign to tout shows like The Jay Leno Show, Saturday Night Live and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
In a trademark and copyright infringement lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, Font Bureau argues that NBC only paid for a single license—which would only permit the company to install the typefaces on a single computer—and only paid to use a limited number of fonts. But NBC went ahead and copied the fonts to a bunch of other computers within the company, Font Bureau claims, and also started using several other fonts for which licenses were never obtained. (In case you're wondering, the typefaces in question include Bureau Grotesque, Interstate and Antenna.)

fairuse's picture

Having the source of many crazy laws to smite music/movie pirates; with little to show for it except hugs and kisses from the likes of RIAA/MPAA - I am so pleased they are on their 3rd strike. Off with their internet head. I am not a font junky but I do know fonts are serious business. Font designers have no sense of humor when license monkey business happens. This made my day.

Neo's picture

fairuse, I appreciate your fresh face around here. I don't always understand you, but I'll live with that.

fairuse's picture

Known bug - work around never found. The "what did he say" response is a side effect when I write while multi-tasking. Sometimes... Glad I have not turned over the apple cart. Thanks. Watch out for ADD littered sentences; happens. Oh, and humor gene crashes too. ;-)

Dabitch's picture

Hahahaha. :)

What grates me is that the Metafilter Thread I linked people are all discussing consumers use of fonts. This isn't about that, and the designer should know better.

Dabitch's picture

Really, go read the Fontfeed post now (it's back up, it was boingboinged), he's checked with all sorts of people to get more juicy facts, like rush orders on Fonts in teh logo on the day of the presentation;

Either way the logo infringed at least two licenses. Obviously Bliss which was used in both versions had never been licensed by Plan Créatif prior to last Monday, three days after the official presentation. Nor was FS Lola, and if the Bienvenue version was initially intended to be the final logo as we all surmise, then the typeface even isn’t available for licensing at all.

fairuse's picture

Yves Peters must have the patience of a saint.
Q: And there’s no guarantee that they downloaded the font - they could use a sample found elsewhere.
A: In Europe type designs are registered as artistic works, not just pieces of software. Using a sample found elsewhere doesn’t change a thing, as they are using a protected design.

Q: So yes, they ripped off your font (…)
A: No, they didn’t rip off our font; they ripped off the corporate face of France Télécom. It doesn’t say in the article I am in any way related to this typeface.
Posted by Yves Peters on Jan. 15, 2010

I have to visit my favorite copyright link to US Library of Congress to search for "type designs registered as artistic works". Questioner read Art Director Wisdom #31? Maybe not. I don't miss font family wars. In the past I generated documents for executives - they are so picky.

Dabitch's picture

Yes, those two quoted examples made me feel so bad for him. He does have the patience of a saint.