Anonymous vows revenge over logo trademark

Anonymous vows revenge over logo trademark

Summary: Anonymous has promised to take down the websites of a French online fashion retailer that has trademarked the iconic Anonymous logo and slogan.

TOPICS: Legal, Security

Anonymous' iconic logo was quietly trademarked in France in February, but now that Anonymous has found out, it's not going to take it lying down.

(Credit: Anonymous )

Twitter user Asher_Wolf picked up on the trademark application (PDF) yesterday, but the application was first filed with the Institut National De La Propriete Industrielle (INPI) in France on 16 February 2012 by Apollinaire Auffret from Early Flicker, encompassing both the Anonymous logo and slogan.

Early Flicker has an eBay store that appears to sell a variety of Anonymous-themed T-shirts.

Following the revelation yesterday, Anonymous has responded via a YouTube video, and has promised distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on Early Flicker's websites.

"Their arrogance and ignorance of what they have done will not go unpunished. Anonymous will take down any business they have going on the internet, and the 99 per cent will not stop until the registration has been revoked and a public apology has been made," Anonymous states in the video.

It comes as Anonymous recently stepped up its attacks in Australia. Last week, the group exploited vulnerabilities with hosting company Melbourne IT to deface Queensland government websites and leak customer data from AAPT.

Anonymous said that it released AAPT's customer data in protest of the government's proposal to require internet service providers (ISPs) to retain customer data for up to two years in case the data is needed for criminal investigations.

Topics: Legal, Security


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  • Anonymous is falling.....

    In to a well laid trap. ;-)
    • My thought as well

      I can't help but think someone pulled this stunt because they wanted to draw Anonymous' ire. Why? Well, we'll find out soon enough.
  • Copyright evil only for other people?

    Anonymous fretting about copyright theft?
    ironic much?
    • Not really...

      A) Trademark and Copyright are different.
      B) Still fits into their general mantra of 'none shall claim financial profiteering ownership over anything.'

      Although this is Anonymous, so it's hard to make any statement where you wouldn't be able to find a contradicting action/event.
    • I guess you could say that...

      ...if they were fretting, or this was copyright and not trademark (which would still be an attempt to legally prevent others from using said logo/TM/IP/etc. which had been in the public domain all along), or you understood what irony was.
      But hey, I defend your right to be wrong.
  • Master_T

    They're french. Im sure that after anonymous attacks them, they'll wave a white flag - surrender and call it a day.

    Isnt that what they all do ?

  • I can't see how a trademark could be issued

    I must be naive. This graphic and slogan have been in the public domain for a long time. How could anyone (except Anonymous themselves) be allowed to register a trademark with all the evidence of "prior art" being so easy to find?