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Bertholdgate III: Poppl versus Popelka

Popelka is a typeface designed by Andreas Stötzner in 2016. At the end of that year, MyFonts, which was selling Popelka for Andreas, removed it from their line-up. Andreas writes: On request by Berthold Direct Corp. (Chicago) MyFonts has excluded my font Popelka from sales on Dec. 30, 2016. Berthold's claim is, according to J. Collins of MyFonts, "that the name sounds confusingly similar to Berthold's trademark for Poppl". I regard this action being unjust and harassing and I have informed MyFonts that I demand my font being put back alive to sales. As it turns out, Berthold seems to have conducted more such affairs over the past years against other parties. If you're a type designer or company having faced such intimidating behaviour, please report your story here and now. It is important to stop this kind of aggression in the type industry. It is interesting to note that Popelka does not at all look like Poppl, and that Adobe's Poplar, which also sounds similar, remains in MyFonts' catalog (probably because it is an Adobe font---size matters).

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