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This item is from 2005. Upset by piracy, Letterhead decides to delay font sales until a secure site is set up for paying customers. However, they go bonkers with this statement: We will not hesitate to bring to justice those who willingly distribute our fonts. Letterhead Fonts will seek criminal or civil prosecution of any offenders. Illegal distribution of software can subject a seller to arrest and felony charges with fines up to $250,000 and prison terms of up to 5 years. Letterhead Fonts will seek damages concerning lost profits, and/or statutory damages of up to $100,000 per product, per infringement, in addition to our attorneys' fees. All those exaggerated lawsuits will eventually bring the USA to its knees. For the first time in two decades, medical doctors are moving from the USA to Canada for that very reason, despite lower salaries. Will we see an exodus of type specialists and a blossoming type trade in Canada soon? Typophiles react as follows: I fear its more of an emotional reaction to piracy than a practical one. [ ... ] New sales is where the money is. There is very little cash to be had from those who pirate.

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