It seems that France’s controversial three-strikes law for copyright offenders is being enforced by a body that doesn’t care too much for copyright itself… with the group’s logo infringing one copyright already.
According to the folks at TorrentFreak, the Hadopi group’s logo makes use of a font that wasn’t licensed for use in its logo. Moreover, the font itself isn’t just not licensed to them, but, having been developed by staff in-house at France Telecom, it seems that the font can’t legally be licensed for use by anyone outside the company. Indeed, they managed to get some time to talk to the man who made the font itself, Jean-Francois Porchez.
According to Porchez, the issue isn’t just that the agency itself, Hadopi, didn’t get permission to use the font:
“The problem is, this font was an ‘exclusive corporate typeface.’ It couldn’t be used for other purposes than the France Telecom/Orange products.” That certainly does cast the folks from Hadopi in a very poor light indeed, especially given the fact that the group essentially exists so that it can pay close attention to those infringing copyrights.
Hadopi has since contacted other companies with the express purpose of having a replacement font licensed so that it might sort itself out with a legally acceptable logo and leave this fairly embarrassing episode behind.
In the interim, considering the whole point of the Hadopi business had been to enforce France’s new three-strikes and then disconnection law when it comes to piracy of copyrighted material online, one has to wonder whether it’s chalked up one strike for itself yet… All comedy aside, it’s a fairly egregious misstep, and one we’d imagine Hadopi will be quick to distance itself from now that it’s working on getting itself a new logo.