August 17th, 2011 by Jim Kidwell
On Tuesday, August 16, 2011, the Dutch type foundry Typotheque filed suit against RaiseDigital LLC, a Virginia-based consulting company that develops website and other materials for political campaigns and politicians.
The lawsuit seeks up to $2 Million in damages for the alleged misuse of the Fedra type family. This shines a direct light on the fact that font compliance is a serious issue for anyone working in creative endeavors.
If you design creative work for clients, the risk you take when employing an unlicensed font is distributed to the client as well. I’m willing to bet that Mr. Santorum’s campaign isn’t pleased that their name is being associated with this alleged illegal activity, and your clients won’t either. If you’re looking for a solid reputation and repeat business, it’s important that you take font licensing and font compliance seriously.
Universal Type Server can help you gain control of the fonts used in your workgroup. Through robust tracking and reporting you can ensure that you’ve purchased enough licenses for your workgroup, and keep unlicensed fonts from entering your workflow.