Linotype settles infringement claim with GSP – October 31, 1999

London 31 October 1999:

Linotype Library has agreed to settle its claim against British publisher, GSP (Global Software Publishing) over trademark and copyright infringements. Under the terms of the settlement GSP has agreed to remove the infringing fonts from future versions of its popular home publishing products in the UK, to destroy remaining stocks of its products containing the fonts and to pay Linotype an undisclosed sum in respect of damages and costs.

Linotype Library’s claim arose when it was found that GSP’s prominent font collection ‘1000 Fonts’ included fonts which infringed Linotype’s UK rights in the trademark Univers and its copyright in the design of the font Present. GSP also agreed to remove the same fonts from two other products in its range, ‘Wedding Planner’ and ‘Greetings Cards’

Commenting on this latest successful action against publishers and distributors which infringe its intellectual property rights in the UK, Linotype Library general manager Bruno Steinert said: "This is a very good settlement for us, particularly since it concerns our font Univers, undoubtedly one of the world’s most popular typefaces. This and many of our leading fonts are frequently copied and sold under such names as Universal which is similar enough to Univers to convince people they are buying the real thing. This forces us to take legal action to protect our rights and those of our designers as well as our legitimate customers who ensure they are fully licensed"

Linotype Library’s fonts are legally protected by trademark, design registration and copyright in many of the world’s jurisdictions and it is the company’s intention to continue policing the growing number of software products for the home and office which include infringing fonts.

Further informations for the press concerning copyright:
Clare O’ Brien

Library GmbH – a subsidiary of the Heidelberg Group – offers one of the largest font libraries of original-cut typefaces using today’s state of the art technology.
To date there are more than 4700 PostScript and TrueType fonts available for Mac and PC and the Linotype FontExplorer, on CD or on the Internet, makes them accessible anytime, anywhere.
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