French e-retailer pleads with Anonymous

French e-retailer pleads with Anonymous

Summary: Early Flicker has replaced its website with a plea to Anonymous following the company's attempt to register the iconic Anonymous logo.

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One of French e-retailer Early Flicker's websites has been emptied of content, and another replaced with a letter pleading with Anonymous that the company only meant well in registering a trademark for the hacker group's iconic logo and slogan.

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Twitter user Asher_Wolf picked up on the trademark application (PDF) earlier this week, but it 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. The company sold a variety of Anonymous-themed T-shirts.

In response, Anonymous released a video with someone dressed in the Guy Fawkes mask synonymous with the group, talking in a synthesised voice and vowing to take down any business that Early Flicker has on the internet until the registration is revoked and the company has made a public apology.

Anonymous appears to have followed through on those threats; at the time of writing, one of the company's websites, eflicker.fr, appears to be completely empty, and the company's other website, pickapop.fr, has been replaced with a letter to Anonymous, written in French, from Apollinaire Auffret.

According to an English translation of the letter, Auffret claims that the logo was only registered because it is used in the company's own products, and that it wasn't seeking to charge others for using it.

"The vendor must verify that these images are free for use [or] risk legal difficulties. So I regularly checked for any filing of these models until several months ago (February 2012), when I had the idea to place them myself," the owner stated.

"These were then guaranteed to be usable in a free and legal [manner] ... for all! Since the tabling, no ban has been established for their use, and not one cent has been claimed through copyright."

He said that his company is surprised at the "madness" that has happened since the application came to light, but said he is working with Anonymous to resolve the problem.

"I [am currently communicating] with one of the support committees of France Anonymous; at their request, I will do what they please in the interest of the movement," he said.

"Site activities will resume immediately [once we have] resolved the dispute."

The news 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.

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  • lol

    I initially thought, "what was he thinking", then realized, clearly he was not.
    daves5
  • Thank you

    Anonymous, you guys always give me the most interesting essay topics to write about!
    Rilriia
    • Actually

      It should be the other way around. Dumb people make great essay topics, Anonymous just happen to correct this companies retarded executive.
      Kiljoy616
  • No respect for the law

    These kiddies need to be stopped. This is riddiculous.
    T1Oracle
    • Just the opposite...

      They should be enouraged and appreciated...

      They fight against evil and greed and that is a very very very good thing.
      i8thecat4
      • They also fight for piracy...

        ...Which is illegal.
        KarjamP
  • Anonymous

    those hacker punks should be in custody pleading for their lives.
    johnb1b
    • Spoken like a true connoisseur of child porn...

      I fail to see why you would hate on anyone that goes against evil...
      i8thecat4
    • Who will...

      ...put them in custody?
      sounak_s
  • For now...

    According to an English translation of the letter, Auffret claims that the logo was only registered because it is used in the company's own products, and that it wasn't seeking to charge others for using it.

    Right like it ever stays this way.
    Kiljoy616
  • That guy should not drink

    Before trying to register the Anonymous logo as his own , he should take a cold shower , get a good night sleep then think of the conscequences.
    I guess He learned the hard way , LMAO.
    BuyAmerican
  • that Guy was drunk

    let see you want to get an internet Co going and you think it would be wize to register the international logo of the Anonymous as His own , something is very irrational in that decision , too much wine could be the reason , alcohol do interfer with the brain activity .........
    BuyAmerican
  • Punks

    I can't believe that the authorities worldwide don't just make these hackers curse their parents for bringing them into the world. Hunt them down and end their garbage FOREVER.
    johnb1b
    • These are not the punks you're looking for...

      The punks you want are the ones that write malware, send spam, steal credit cards, trade child porn, etc... The guys behind Anonymous are the good guys... Why so much angst against Anonymous johnb1b??? Do the Anonymous attacks on child porn rub you the wrong way???
      i8thecat4
    • These are not the punks you're looking for...

      The punks you want are the ones that write malware, send spam, steal credit cards, trade child porn, etc... The guys behind Anonymous are the good guys... Why so much angst against Anonymous johnb1b??? Do the Anonymous attacks on child porn rub you the wrong way???
      i8thecat4
    • They don't?

      ... they Can't? :)
      sounak_s
  • Newproduct line!

    In order to avoid any more unpleasantness, Early Flicker announced they will be dropping all product lines with the Anonymous logo. They urge the public to watch for their newest line of apparel, carrying photos of suspected international mob bosses with targets or rifle scope crosshairs superimposed.

    "This should get those lunatics off our backs," a company spokesman said.
    kidtree
  • I think I'd tell Anonymous

    to form a line to form a line to kiss my a**.
    NoAxToGrind
    • Not if you wanted to do business...

      If you are an online retailer, you kinda want your store to be up and running...

      I understand you are still miffed by Anonymous going after you..er.. I mean child porn scumbags... All I have to say is... Get over it. The vast majority of us hate you..er I mean pedophiles with a vengeful passion and we like that Anonymous is hunting you freaks down...
      i8thecat4
    • Keep thinking...

      and try to tell'em if you can. We appreciate.
      sounak_s