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All in the font

Written by Michael Coyle on 15 October 2009

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A Boston based company The Font Bureau http://www.fontbureau.com has filed a law suit against NBC and CNBC for copyright and trade mark infringment.

According to its claim it filed a law suit for breach of contract as the two networks were in breach of their licence as they had allegedly copied the software in other locations. The Font Bureau is also claiming for statutory damages under the Copyright Act in the amount of $2,000,000.

 In the UK a font would be protected under the laws of copyright as either an artistic work or a literary work. But could a font be protected per se? Is a font a work of artistic craftsmanship? Is there skill labour and effort involved in the creation of the font?

It would probably be a similar breach of licence/contract issue as in the US as well as a claim for copyright infringment.

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