Republican Sue Googe's last name is just a keystroke away from tech giant Google and she's milking it for all it's worth.
Googe, who is running for the 4th Congressional District of North Carolina, is being called out for her campaign signs' very familiar font, which incidentally is identical to Google’s typeface.
The only visible difference between Google’s and Googe’s logo is the absence of the letter ‘l’ and the color. Google uses multiple colors for its symbol, while Googe’s name appears white on purple background (which, by the way, are also the colors of another tech company, Yahoo.) But that’s neither here nor there.
Googe, when asked about the uncanny resemblance, said her campaign consultant, Tidewater Strategies, designed the logo and did not reveal to her what font they used. She said she has contacted an intellectual property lawyer to review the case but insists they will find she is not breaking any laws. She also added she has not heard from the tech giant but states “if they want me to change it, I’m more than happy to change it.”
People are now contemplating whether the tech giant will sue the Republican and her name is generating a lot of puns.
It will be interesting to see Google's reaction to this politician Sue Googe using their logo, minus the l. https://t.co/3RZePBL7wh— Jennifer Slegg (@jenstar) May 11, 2016
Can Google gag Googe with Sue suit? https://t.co/FxBgT9Mfu4— Russell Brandom (@russellbrandom) May 10, 2016
Google should sue Googe https://t.co/e0Xkp7ID3B— Stephen Hall (@hallstephenj) May 10, 2016
Google offers many fonts for commercial use but this particular, customized font named “Product Sans” is not one of them. Yet, the Republican insists her use of the typeface would only violate copyrights law if she were Google’s competitor.
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