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Bienvenue to Hadopi logo

News · January 14th, 2010 ·

The Hadopi is a big thing in France. At its origin, a piece of legislation that implements the three strikes model for illegal downloads. You receive three warnings and then you are ‘banned’ from the internet. The authority who is in charge of applying the sanction is the Hadopi. A new logo has been created for Hadopi. And provoked a flurry of discussions about … typography.

It seems that the logo is made with a proprietary font that can only be used by France Telecom (called Bienvenue, ironically). The graphic designers who made the logo issued a statement saying that it was a wrong version of the logo that had been sent by mistake and released the ‘right’ one made with two other commercial fonts. The problem being they only acquired the licenses for those in the morning of the second release, leading to the suspicion they had them on their hard drives before having bought them.

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Laurence, thanks for the tip