Nicolas Damiens and Julien Sans thought it would be cool to offer inspiring fonts based on the scrawl of some of their favorite recording artists like Bowie, Lennon, and Cobain, whose handwriting appears on the cool cover of his published journals (above). IP lawyers put the kibosh on their SongwritersFonts project real quick-like.
A week after launch, they posted on the site:
We've launched the SongwritersFonts project, a series of typefaces created from famous songwriters' handwritings, as a design project. The unique purpose of this was to inspire musicians and the next generation of songwriters to put their imagination at work. But, the unexpected success of this project went a bit too far... We have been contacted by intellectual property rights owners, and are sad to announce that we have to shut down this website because of legal issues. We're sorry to have to say goodbye.
You can see a few examples here from before the site got taken down. What a shame. (via It's Nice That)
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