Thursday 2 August 2012

Working in Montréal today --copyright 2012, Daniel Puckett

Good morning folks,

I will be working in Montréal today and then will be off Friday and Monday returning to work on Tuesday.

So here is a skill testing question for you.

If there were an organization who's numbers and their membership unknown but have a stated dogged determination and capability to make their enemies live generally suck for a while, would you go out of your way to pick a fight with them?


You have nowhere to hide, because we are everywhere.

We are Anonymous.
We are legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
Expect us.

These are the motto words of Anonymous.  And they have a logo too!

A headless man wearing a black suit, white shirt, black tie bordered by olive branches arcing up the sides and a ? where his head would otherwise and ordinarily be.

That's right kids, if you were at Distributel's winter costume party in Ottawa back in January it is what I was wearing, that and a Guy Fawkes mask where my face would ordinarily be.  I also had printed up a few round cards with the logo that I scattered around a few tables and had one affixed to my suit jacket breast pocket.

If it is not clear to you why the group Anonymous chose Guy Fawkes masks as part of their standard MO when present at protests and rallies, it may be because Fawkes was a general shit disturber for Spain at the turn of the 17th century, certainly anti establishment, even was in a failed conspiracy to kill King James I.  There is also the movie V for Vendetta based on the 10 series comic book of the same name.  In which V (Hugo Weaving) wears a Guy Falkes mask and fights to bring down an abusive and totalitarian gov't in Britain.  And finally, the masks look pretty rad and can be found just about everywhere.

Now then, French  Tshirt company Early Flicker has filed in France copyright documents claiming ownership of the Logo and the Motto.  This presents two absurdities.  One, that a company and the copyright rules allow someone to claim copyright of what is clearly the prior art of others and further that the company would pick a fight with an organization that can cause them sooooo much grief.

Anonymous has already started warming up to the fight as well.  They have published the list of the company's sites that they will take down, the owner's residential address, his photo, facebook info and a terse warning to smarten up, revoke the application and apologize.

Further on that absurd side.  I think that I make copyright and patent the following prior art items. The colours and logos of the Miami Dolphins; the arc of the lower portion of the number 5, The Pythagorean Theorem, but will rename it to The Danielorean Theorem; and finally the practice of accepting a business card from an acquaintance and placing in a shirt pocket.

Have a good day (copyright 2012, Daniel Puckett)