The French online retailer "Early Flicker" has reportedly registered both the logo and slogan of hacktivist collective "Anonymous" with France's trademark agency, INPI.
The company, which sells personalized gifts and t-shirts, perhaps isn't aware of the logo's source, because who would purposely provoke a powerful legion of hackers who could easily delete Early Flicker from existence?
In an Anonymous call-to-action video posted to YouTube, the group demands a retraction of the trademark application, as well as a public apology in exchange for not raising hell on the internets.
Transcript of the video follows:
Hello Citizens of the world, We are Anonymous. Dear brothers and sisters. Now is the time to open your eyes and expose the truth!
Anonymous logo and slogan has been defiled and registered through the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI). An online t-shirt company online called "Early Flicker" or "E-flicker" has registered the anonymous slogan and logo and passed it on as there own. Now under french law the company owns the rights to the anonymous logo and slogan.
The companies website is pick a pop dot F r .
In a response the National Institute of Industrial Property said that "the conditions seem fulfilled since the mark is registered and it does not seem to have made use."
There arrogance and ignorance of what they have done will not go un punished. Anonymous will take down any business they have going on the internet and the ninety nine percent will not stop until the registration has been revoked and a public apology has been made.
The name of Anonymous will not be the whore of the world.
We are anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.