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Warm Gray Liberation

News · April 1st, 2009 ·


From the CBUD-mailinglist:

Subject: RE: FW: Licensee Application
Date: Wed, 1 April 2009 11:20:25 -0400
To: "Daniel Fary"

Dear Daniel:

Thank you for your inquiries and follow-up e-mails. After consulting with executives, engineers and lawyers at the Company, we have decided to insert a series of gray tones to the PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM. The Company has decided to extend the Pantone® Warm Gray Series in order to create more awareness for Color Universal Design as practiced by the members of your organization because we have understood that gray tones play an important role in a colorblind barrier-free color pallet. To allow the integration of the Pantone® Warm Gray Series in various colorblind proofing and document preparation softwares, we have decided to release this series in the Public Domain.

The current Pantone® Warm Gray Series will be extended with 20 additional intermediate tones. Compatible with our patented numbering system, we will add Pantone® Warm Gray 13 and Pantone® Warm Gray 17 between Pantone® Warm Gray 1 and Pantone® Warm Gray 2, Pantone® Warm Gray 23 and Pantone® Warm Gray 27 between Pantone® Warm Gray 2 and Pantone® Warm Gray 3 and so on.

Please be reminded that your organization is not authorized to use any other PANTONE Trademarks, copyrights and/or other intellectual property in connection with any of your products or services unless a formal license agreement is entered into between our companies.”

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  • 1. nitrofurano

    Apr 2, 2009 at 12:34 am

    This post talking about Pantone made me recall about that Pantone and open-source issues, like patents, lack of Pantone palettes on open-source apps, lack of a good libre colour reference when x11 palette is not enough, etc.

  • 2. FeIZocE

    Apr 2, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Poisson d’avril? 😀

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  • 4. nitrofurano

    Jun 5, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    It’s very interesting the discussions were happening about Pantone and Open Colour Standards, from both Pantone and LGM related people. Must we use and support/sustain patented colour norms? Should we collaborate on a libre colour norm more seriously than using Pantone or other patented colour norms? How far our help on a libre colour norm can be took as popular and serious? I think it’s a very interesting point for a discussion.