Twitter has been cracking down on any users who use the Olympic logo and are suspending them based on copyright infringement.
The Games' organizers, Locog, complained that an activist group used the trademarked image to parody the Olympics.
Only a week after Space Hijackers declared themselves the "official protesters of the London 2012 Olympic Games," Twitter suspended their account because of their use of the Olympics logo possibly making people confused into thinking they're actually an Olympic sponsor.
Twitter apparently wrote to the protest group:
"We have received reports from the trademark holder, London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Ltd [Locog], that your account, @spacehijackers, is using a trademark in a way that could be confusing or misleading with regard to a brand affiliation. Your account has been temporarily suspended due to violation of our trademark policy."
The group wrote back to twitter and the account was unlocked and they were given 48 hours to comply or be permanently suspended.
A spokesman for the group said:
"Our latest project is to do with the Olympics and obviously they have got an official chocolate bar and an official TV and the rest of it and we thought what they were missing was an official set of protesters.
We were kind of surprised that Twitter, after having supported everyone through the Arab spring … shut down our account without even asking any questions … they locked us straight out of the account, no questions."
They kept saying how even though the logo is everywhere and it's become somewhat of a "social meme," it's still taboo to use if you speak out against it.
"It's like Voldemort – you're not allowed to mention it otherwise you'll invoke the wrath of Locog."
We guess that's one way of looking at it.
At least the logo is changed and everyone is happy and all is legal.
All we can say is… USA! USA! USA!
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