Microsoft Beats Copyright Claims Over Font Use

Law360, San Diego (October 31, 2013, 11:06 PM EDT) -- A Washington federal court on Thursday tossed a Chinese company’s suit claiming Microsoft Inc. unlawfully incorporated copyrighted fonts into computer operating systems, finding a 1995 licensing deal between the parties allows the software giant to use the fonts in any of its products.

U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman granted Microsoft’s bid to dismiss with prejudice the complaint by Beijing Zhongyi ZhongBiao Electronic Information Technology Co. Ltd., holding that Microsoft has an irrevocable license to use Chinese character fonts in Chinese versions of Windows operating systems based...
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