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Would You Pay $3.5 million For A Font?

Would You Pay $3.5 million For A Font?

The short answer is no. You probably won’t ever pay millions of dollars for a font. But NBC Universal did in 2013! NBCU subsidiary Oxygen Media purchased a basic 36-user license for the ‘Chalet’ font (from House Industries) and managed to find big trouble! The settlement of the lawsuit indicated 20,000 downloads of the font across the company - many times the 36 that they were licensed for. They settled for $175 each infringement - or $3.5million. Just the year before, NBC Universal settled with P22 Type Foundry for $1.5m over its improper use of the Cezanne Regular font. While you may never be sued for millions of dollars, improper font licensing and usage could expose your agency to significant liability.