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Harry Potter and The Forbidden Typeface

7/8/2011 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Evil forces are at work at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida ... all because the gift shop is selling merchandise which contains a STOLEN FONT ... this according to a new lawsuit.

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The company behind the lawsuit is P22 Type Foundry -- which claims they own the copyright to the Cezanne Regular font (seen above) ... which, apparently, is a very wizardy-looking typeface.

According to the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court in NY, P22 claims the font was splashed all over Potter t-shirts, hats, pins bags and more -- but no one associated with the merchandise ever got permission to use the font for commercial purposes.

Now, P22 is going after NBCUniversal -- the company that owns the theme park --as well as the merchandise manufacturers ... demanding at least $1.5 MILLION in damages. 

We were unable to get a comment from NBCUniversal.



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MYOPINIONMATTERSMORETHENYOURS    

First

1172 days ago
2.

Lex    

STUPID

1172 days ago
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some guy    

This company know that guy who made the Tyson tattoo?

1172 days ago
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Linda    

This is as bad as the USDA owning the rights to the word "organic".Shame on this country for standing by and letting this crap keep happening. Next they'll own the rights to your name.

1172 days ago
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Javadude54    

luuuuuuuuuuuuucy! You got some 'splainin' to do!

1172 days ago
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amanda    

Its going to be funny when it turns out that the graphics company had actually paid rights to their dinky $70 font and they look like idiots suing for $1.5 million. This is stupid. Why can't MY squiggles be worth $1.5 million LOL!

1172 days ago
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Superman    

These copyright laws are ridiculous! A font?!?! Really?

1172 days ago
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Rhubino    

Linda, you don't understand the BUSINESS of font design.

1172 days ago
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Rhubino    

And Superman, apparently you don't either. Do you think it's ridiculous to buy software as well?

1172 days ago
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Superman    

@Rhubino,

Funny how you should mention software. I suppose "The Times" in the UK should sue you every time you send an email, write a Word do***ent, write a book, and post on the internet when you use their fonts, such as Times Roman or Times New Roman!!

1172 days ago
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Rhubino    

It's perfectly fine too use Times if you're using the set included with your "system fonts". Downloading pirated font collections and using them is a no no. Some graphic designer did that in this case, and now he (and NBC) are getting called on it.

1172 days ago
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Bubbles The Chimp    

This lawsuit will be tossed unless p22 can prove the merchandise company does not have a license to use it. You can buy that font for $19.95+ and unless stated in P22 rights of suitable use (Which I doubt, who would buy the font then if it has ridiculous usage rights), buying a font gives you unlimited use.

It is obvious the P22 lawsuit is weak and they just want part of the Potter Pie.

1172 days ago
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Bubbles The Chimp    

I will assume P22 Type Foundry is running into money troubles or facing bankruptcy and has thrown a dart at one of the biggest money makers to see if they get a quick settlement out of court.

1172 days ago
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Mulder    

Hold on there, Rhubino. There's no claim being made that anyone downloaded any pirated fonts, except by you. I suggest you abandon that line of thinking, since it's unsupported by the claims of P22.

Just because a font is included as a "System Font", doesn't mean you can use it however you like, even for commercial use. Some fonts cannot be used that way without a higher license fee, and such terms are disclosed before you buy a font, and in the EULA you get when you do buy it.

If this particular designer and/or NBC were obligated to pay a higher license fee for this so-called "commercial" use and did not do so, then P22 may have a legitimate claim, but on the courts can determine that, not you.

Stop assuming you know what's going on or what happened, and let the process work itself out.

1172 days ago
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nay nay taanai    

jim need to get a live

1172 days ago
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