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Meet the Font Detectives Who Ferret Out Fakery

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  1. Melody Bot

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    Glenn Fleishman, writing for Wired:

    What does international political corruption have to do with type design? Normally, nothing—but that’s little consolation for the former prime minister of Pakistan. When Nawaz Sharif and his family came under scrutiny earlier this year thanks to revelations in the Panama Papers, the smoking gun in the case was a font. The prime minister’s daughter, Maryam Sharif, provided an exculpatory document that had been typeset in Calibri—a Microsoft font that was only released for general distribution nearly a year after the document had allegedly been signed and dated.

    A “Fontgate” raged.

  2. jpmalone4

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    NPR covered this a few months back, such a crazy & hilarious story.
  3. slickdtc

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    Very cool read. For those wondering how this relates back to music (not that it has to), Justin Timberlake is being sued by someone who claims they sampled his song on "Damn Girl", a terrible song from FutureSex/LoveSounds. It almost seemed like an innocent mistake until you get to the font size, color, and background in the credits.