September 16th, 2013 by Jim Kidwell
A recent anti-illegal immigration campaign that many have called racist, is now under fire for the misuse of a font. The “Go Home or Face Arrest” campaign apparently uses the Plane Crash font.
While it is widely downloadable online as a “free for personal use” font, it’s EULA listed on Fabien Delange’s website wmkart.com expressly prohibits the commercial use of the font without payment.
As Mr. Delange tells BBC News, ”My fonts are free for personal use only, if you want to use them for work you have to purchase the licence on my website. I create typefaces and that’s how I earn my living. I have absolutely no way to control who’s using my fonts except for freelance artists that play the game, buy the licence online and get a licence agreement from me.”
Mr. Delange is now looking to resolve the issue with the office, but hasn’t taken litigation off the table just yet.
This is an area where graphic designers and agencies can easily get themselves into trouble. If designers surf the web downloading random fonts that they think are “free” and then use them in projects, they are inevitably opening themselves up to this type of trouble.
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