Anonymous attacks shirt chain over trademark claim
August 5, 2012
A French T-shirt maker said on Saturday he would relinquish his claim to the trademark of the Anonymous logo and slogan after the international hacking group attacked his online business.
Apollinaire Auffret, who manages the Early Flicker T-shirt firm, drew the ire of Anonymous after he filed a trademark claim with France’s National Institute of Industrial Property to use the notorious group’s visual tags in various forms, including on clothing, bags or dishes.
The Anonymous logo features a suited figure with a question mark instead of a head.
Though the application was filed 16 February, it was only made public this week in a story in the Parisien newspaper.
Immediately after, Anonymous posted a grainy video on YouTube in which a synthesised voice says Anonymous will attack Early Flicker’s online presence.
“Their arrogance and ignorance of what they have done will not go unpunished,” intones the voice, as a masked person holds a statement. “Anonymous will take down any business they have going on the internet.”
Auffret told AFP on Saturday that he had been in contact with someone from Anonymous and resolved the dispute by pledging to relinquish his claim to the logo and slogan.
Anonymous is the last group on earth I would try to exploit for profit. Seriously.