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Red Hat settles font lawsuit

Red Hat, the top seller of the open-source Linux operating system, took a $500,000 charge in conjunction with a licensing agreement that settles a lawsuit by typeface developer Agfa Monotype, which had accused Red Hat in May 2002 of infringing on its copyrights and trademarks. The companies settled the dispute in December 2003, Red Hat said in a quarterly financial filing on Tuesday.

Under the license, Red Hat is permitted to distribute several of Agfa Monotype's commercial fonts for five years. The companies also agreed to release all legal claims against each other in conjunction with the license, Red Hat said.