Oh, L’Ironie: French Anti-Piracy Group Pirated Font for Its Logo
January 13th, 2010
Last year, a law was passed in France that, simply put, allows the government to screen the Internet usage of its citizens (supposedly) to watch out for copyright infringement. Using a three strikes rule, French citizens who are accused of online piracy for a third time will be sent to court, where a judge can give them a fine, or even disconnect them from the Internet. It’s freakin’ scary right? And just to show you how serious the French government is about this whole thing, they set up the Hadopi agency, an organization dedicated solely to enforcing this new law. Here’s the agency’s logo, which was unveiled last week:
Remember those logos pirates! For they will be the last thing you – nah. Here’s le kicker in all of this serious law and order shit: turns out the font used in the logo was unlicensed. The font, called “Bienvenue”, is an “exclusive corporate typeface” meant only to be used for France Telecom-Orange products. In other words, the anti-piracy agency just committed piracy.
Hadopi has already apologized, and France Telecom-Orange said that they won’t sue, but the creator of the font, Jean-François Porchez, is considering pressing charges. Also, Hadopi, that’s strike one.