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How Is Anonymous Going After The French Co. Trying To Trademark Its Logo? Let Us Count The Ways

No, seriously, you should expect this.

Earlier we learned a French retailer, E-Flicker, has sought to register both Anonymous’s well-known question-mark/empty suit logo and the activist collective’s tagline, “We are anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.”

Anonymous responded with the video below but in poking around Pastebin.com we found a few pages intended to assist Anons in their next move against E-Flicker. One examined server vulnerabilities behind one of the company’s websites and the paster’s conclusion is that E-Flicker, in trying to monetize Anonymous–in the collective’s words, make it “the whore of the world”–is vulnerable to at least one particular kind of hack attack: Read More

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Some Genius at a French Retailer Wants to Trademark the Anonymous Logo

Screencapped from the filing.

In a perfectly reasonable move that definitely won’t come back to bite them in the ass, a French retailer is attempting to register Anonymous’s logo and tagline with INPI, France’s trademark agency. Good luck with that, guys!

TechDirt (with a hat tip to Asher Wolf) reports that the company, called “Early Flicker” and which seems to exist largely as an Ebay storefront, has filed an application that, if granted, will make the retailer the legal owner of both (in France, anyway).

Anons have, naturally, already released a video response that looks like something out of Babylon 5. The masked man proclaims with a computer distorted voice that that their logo and tagline have been “defiled” and promises retribution. You know, the usual: Read More

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Survey Says: Patent Troll Shenanigans Cost U.S. Companies $29B Annually

(Illustration by David Saracino / New York Observer.)

Patent trolls–or, as a new study drolly dubs them, “non-practicing entities”–have a business model that’s simple, elegant, and dastardly: Buy broad patents and start suing companies that could conceivably be infringing upon them. And the costs are adding up to a nice chunk of change: Two researchers estimate the costs at no fewer than $29 billion, reports Ars Technica.

Plus, that’s just direct costs for things like lawyer bills and licensing fees. A previous study by the same pair put indirect costs at the stratospheric tab of $83 billion. Read More