Posted Friday, July 8, 2011 12:14 PM | Contributed by Jeff
Gossip site TMZ says a company that makes the font used on certain Harry Potter merchandise is suing NBCUniversal, the owner of Islands of Adventure. The park opened its Wizarding World of Harry Potter last year. The company seeks $1.5 million in damages.
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Is this the first time that CoasterBuzz has featured a TMZ story?
I kind of believe that the company that created the font has a good case here.
Having possession of a fine arts degree - I can say it is possible to create a similar typeface to something that is already out there, with only minor differences. If so this will be lawyer fodder. If they straight up copied it, then pay the bill and move on.
P22's license does specify that the purchase of their fonts is for personal use, and that a separate (more expensive) license is required for commercial purposes. So...... there's that, I guess. Jerry's right that court cases have been fought and won about whether fonts are protected by copyright, and basically it boils down to the name being protected and not much else. If Universal can prove they used some knockoff clone of Cezanne rather than P22's original, they should be safe, otherwise, pay up.
It's an ugly font too. I wonder if Universal was even responsible for the designs. The merch in the photo looks like the same crap every park sells.
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