Company tries to trademark Anonymous logo. Worst. Idea. Ever.


A masked hacker, part of the Anonymous group, hacks the French presidential Elysee Palace website on January 20, 2012 near the eastern city of Lyon. Anonymous, which briefly knocked the FBI and Justice Department websites offline in retaliation for the US shutdown of file-sharing site Megaupload, is a shadowy group of international hackers with no central hierarchy.


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You wonder how people come up with these ideas.

Early Flicker, a retail store in France, with god affronting hubris, wants to trademark Anonymous' logo and slogan, according to WIRED.

Anonymous: That powerful and amorphous (and therefore impossible to stop) hacktivist group that Time named on its world’s most influential list, writing:

"United, if at all, by a taste for shock humor and disdain for authority, this leaderless Internet hive brain is plundering and playing in the electronic networks of an ever shifting enemies list: Arab dictatorships, the Vatican, banking and entertainment firms, the FBI and CIA, the security firm Stratfor and even San Francisco's BART transport system." 

In 2011 CNN reported, "Anonymous has grown more sophisticated, and experts say it's reasonable to fear that they could do more than wait for someone to give them secret documents. They could hack into highly sensitive military and corporate computer systems themselves." 

Anonymous has been accused of disrupting the websites of MasterCard, Visa and PayPal and of hacking the US Department of Justice and the F.B.I.

Early Flicker wants to use Anonymous slogan, "Anonymous. We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us" to sell handbags.

Techdirt notes that it's not difficult to buy Anonymous apparel. But to appropriate and then try to own the hacker group's symbol, all for profit, seems like the worst idea ever for a compay that probably sells a lot of its apparel via the Internet.