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Pirates on Parade

"Pirates on Parade" is the title of a discussion paper by Clive Bruton in the case of Apostrophe versus ten companies. Please read it with a critical eye, and be careful. Clive calls fonts computer programs (they are not), and he is surprised about Apostrophe's own anger at people who were selling font CDs with his fonts on them (well--Apostrophe never sold anyone else's fonts), and he claims that Apostrophe posted fonts for self-glorification (how about "you shoot at us, so we shoot back" for a reason perhaps). Clive is upset at Apostrophe's remark about "picking a fight at the next ATypI meeting", and considers this a threat (only a hooligan would read "picking a fight" as implying something physical--since Clive is not a hooligan, this remark is just incendiary noise). And, to top it off, Clive breaks down Apostrophe as a type designer (he did make hundreds of commercial fonts, but Clive does not seem to believe that). No mention of course of the fact that Apostrophe's fonts are of the highest professional quality, with complete character sets, alternates, often Cyrillic and other versions, and lots of weights. To "not" mention that in the article is a shame. Apostrophe's reply.

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