Pirates on parade
15 May 2002
Over the last three years eleven foundries have been fighting a court case against an anonymous internet user known only as ‘Apostrophe’ (or ‘Apostrofe’, ‘'’ or just plain â€œTickyâ€). This case was finally settled out of court by all parties at the beginning of February. Now we have a chance to look at what the case was about, why it happened in the first place and what are the repercussions of this matter and the events surrounding it.
The defendant repeatedly uploaded several thousand commercial fonts
You may not be familiar with this case at all, so here is a brief summary of the accusations: the defendant repeatedly uploaded several thousand commercial fonts to usenet news groups (alt.binaries.fonts) and web sites. These were subsequently downloaded by internet users all over the world.
While the case was settled ‘out of court’ there are no badges for ‘winner’ and ‘loser’, neither are the details of the settlement public. However, there is clearly a lot of information about the whole case that can be discerned.
One of the titbits of information that those not directly involved in this case want to know: the true identity of the accused…
But first, an important note. As you read this please bear one thing in mind: the defendant in this case, ‘Apostrophe’, was asked to take part in assembling this article, he declined. If there are any accusations of one-sided reporting, speculation or rhetoric, then the blame for that can be squarely laid on the party who refused to take part.
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