Swan Up Manship
OF THE EU
Logo embarrassment for Government
Lord Lamont demands answers from Jack Straw for possible infringement of Bruges Group copyright
A copy of Lord Lamont's letter to Jack Straw is below
1st July 2005The Rt Hon. Jack Straw MP
Secretary of State
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
King Charles Street
London SW1A 2AH
I am writing to draw your attention to the curious fact that the logo that has been chosen to represent the British Presidency of the European Union is strikingly similar to a Bruges Group logo, which was designed for the Group in the early 1990’s and was used in some Bruges Group publications.
No doubt you are aware that breach of copyright is a serious matter. The Bruges Group has taken legal advice and before we consider launching an action for any possible breach of copyright we will give you the opportunity to explain the circumstances surrounding the creation of the British Presidency logo and how the similarities came to arise.
The remarkable parallels between the two logos in question is a matter of great concern and if you cannot adequately explain those similarities then we may seek an injunction to stop the Government using it and demand compensation.
Please find below copies of the logos in question, I am sure that you will agree with me that they are strikingly similar
I look forward to hearing from you by noon Friday, 8th July 2005, failing which we may have no alternative but to refer this matter to our lawyers.