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Tobias Kvant asked about trademark registrations and font names. One respondent from Village in New York replied as follows: Toby, if you have done your due dilligence and found an existing typeface using the name you fancy, you should probably do the right thing and pick another name. BUT If the typeface name in question exists as some kind of dafont.com rip-off, you're probably safe to use it for your real typeface. In other words, if the name was used by an accepted (read: commercial) type designer, do not use it. If it was the name of a free font posted on dafont.com, then go ahead. The implication is that what is posted on dafont is basically a free-for-all. Many fonts there are perceived to be rip-offs, so please go ahead and help yourself to their font names. An eye for an eye, a font for a font. For what it is worth, Dafont has some of my own ornamental fonts, which were carefully designed using a lot of painstaking detail. I am saddened to learn that the typophiles are telling each other that stealing my font names is fine, but I surely will not go do without a fight.

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