Thursday, January 14, 2010

Hadopi hoisted by their own petard

Telegraph reports: [edited]

The French government's web police force – called Hadopi – was set up to stop piracy and clamp down on illegal downloaders. The agency's logo was unveiled this by French culture minister Frederic Mitterrand, who said that Hadopi 'finally had a face'.

But within hours of its launch, it was forced to apologise for using a typeface without permission that belonged to France Telecom.

The blunder was spotted by graphic designer Jean-Francois Porchez, who created the Bienvenue typeface (top image) [Telegraph wrongly titled this 'Bonjour' Ed.] and sold it exclusively to France Telecom.

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' (bottom image). But Mr Porchez said he was still considering legal action against the government for illegal use of his design.

Thanks to Shaun for the information

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