The idiotic French t-shirt maker Early Flicker, owned by Apollinaire Auffret, has dropped its attempt to trademark the Anonymous hacking collective’s logo and slogan after Anonymous attacked the company’s website. The conclusion to this story was entirely predictable.
Shortly after the news broke, Anonymous posted a video on YouTube in which their characteristically-anonimized voice intoned, “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.”
As of now the site is still down, with Anonymous pledging to keep attacking the company until its trademark application is completely withdrawn.
In an online statement, Auffret claimed that Early Flicker only sells “2 or 3 items” per day, but that certainly wouldn’t stop his company from profiting off of an Anonymous trademark.
“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,” Auffret 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.”
Mr. Auffret should have known better than to stir the shitstorm, so to speak.