ORIGINAL ARTWORK STUDY
An example of a trademark registered in the European Union, using a blue colour laurel wreath and the word United. Such applications when granted, represent caselaw, as to what is and in not permissible when applying to register a mark. Please note that it is not necessary to register a mark to enjoy common law protections against passing off. Though, a registration may be a good commercial investment for sponsors, and other associates of projects, where a commercial return of sorts is anticipated. This need not be money, or other physically tangible assets.
Name/Mark: UNITED ORGANIZATIONS
The Law as to Copyright is sometimes misleading and often leads to confusion on the part of those who are not legally trained or otherwise familiar with Media Reviews, the Freedom of the Press and legitimate editorial comment. Indeed, Articles 18 and 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, guards your right to express opinions and thoughts with complete freedom.
The United Nations logo appears to be derived from earlier sports logos including a laurel wreath as a symbol of success, and a very basic grid to represent planet earth, also including geographical land masses in basic. We think the motif is quite effective, and in any event, it is probably not worth the effort re-branding. When, it is well established and had been quoted and referenced by the media for so many years. In our view it is a good example of artwork that in not overly complicated, but, tends to get the message across. The artwork or mark does not appear to be registered with any Intellectual Property Offices (IPOs) in Europe or the UK, by way of an international filing. Though, the laws of passing off no doubt apply, as to paternal rights, in relation to trading activities. Even though the United Nations proper, is not a commercial entity in the ordinary sense.
one United Nations website, the emblem and flag of the United Nations are not registered as trade marks, but they
appear to be mention by a General Assembly resolution that prohibits their unauthorized
use by member states.
Clearly though, such a statement is defective in law, in not recognizing (qualifying) the rights and freedoms of the press to reference said flag and name of the organization as either incidental to news reporting or media review, and not defining what uses are permissible. Otherwise, how could the media reports news about the United Nations, if they cannot name the organization.
We assume there are in-house fraud squads to protect the UN from profiteering by those within the organization and those affiliated with the Organization. But so far, we can find no details as to how to report suspected corruption, of abuses of positions of trust.
It appears that the United Nations 'flag' was approved by General Assembly resolution 167 (II) on 20 October 1947. The resolution states “the flag of the United Nations shall be the official emblem adopted by the General Assembly under the terms of its resolution 92 (I) of 7 December 1946, centered on a light blue ground.”
In actuality, the resolution applies to the use of the emblem (the flag) of the United Nations in connection with any business, commercial, or advertising activity, or any activity that implies an association or affiliation with the United
Nations; where no such association exists. It appear though, that some affiliated
UN groups only read the first part of the 'resolution' then go about
telling people incorrectly, that no use is permitted. Which is of course
not correct in law.
The Alliance avers that so-called do-gooders, might spend a little time researching the subject, before potentially bringing their UN affiliation into disrepute, and so the UN proper, in the making of unfounded or manifestly incorrect (false) accusations. Especially concerning libel (written accusations) and slander (verbal accusations), by bull-in-a-china-shop vigilantes.
The Alliance would encourage anyone knowing of such 'accusations' to blow the whistle - as a general duty of care to ensure fair play. Whistleblowing protections are getting stronger every year. In the UK this is incorporated in the The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act (ECTA) 2023. This statute applies to any UN affiliated body in the UK, or indeed any United Nations official under international whistle blowing protections.
There is also the possibility of competition in search engines. Where one affiliated group may be competing with another for brownie points. This sometimes happens when large egos enter the arena, and ambitions are perhaps not as fast as members may have liked. Of course ambition is a good thing, tempered by professionalism and caution. A bad thing when tempers flare in uncontrolled manner, leading to mistakes, or even actions designed to gain an advantage over a perceived rival.
This is not the sort of behaviour, that in the opinion of the Alliance, should be condoned or tolerated by the United Nations proper. Bringing with it the potential to bring the UN into disrepute.
NOT BAD - Rottweilers are a breed of domestic dog that originated from Germany and were used as herding, guarding, and draught dogs. They are known for their strength, loyalty, intelligence, and courage. Some people may choose to use a rottweiler in their logos to represent these qualities or to show their affinity for the breed. This original artwork is Copyright © 1st February 2024, The Injustice Alliance, from a design study that investigated other animals in place of a bulldog, including bulls, polar bears, and seals, but no panda yet. Although, there is nothing to prevent any animal or person being considered.
THE DESIGN PROCESS OF OUR LOGO
The Alliance wanted to create something a bit more eye catching, to represent being one of the many 'Watchdogs' of the United Nations. The aim being that there should be no confusion on the part of the readers of this, or any other site that may report on the work of the Alliance as watchdogs, rather than being lapdogs, of, or in any way affiliated with the International organization, that is supposed to be working to save planet earth from human rights abuses, hunger, poverty, education, climate change, and pollution at large, especially in the oceans where biodiversity is threatened.
The UN is succeeding to some extent in some areas, such as poverty and hunger relief, but in other areas progressing (even regressing) at such a leisurely pace, that it is agonizing to millions of people the world over, to watch the infighting and bartering that belittles the genuine efforts, and most importantly, frustrates the wishes of the global population, for a better world. In the words of dear Greta Thunberg: "Blah, blah, blah." Greta, is an example of a genuine Watchdog, voicing her concerns by way of protest, that has in the past captured significant media attention. Protests, marches and sit-ins, etc., involve more than just talking. They involve action.
For sure when it comes to World Peace, the UN is failing miserably. Understandable, where old-school warmongers get into positions of trust. And justice is very far from home in many developed nations, including even the United Kingdom, a country that helped to draft the Universal Declaration. One of the developed nations that is going backwards in many respects, from institutionalised corruption.
The Alliance is also voicing their concerns, as written and published protest, by way of being both a publisher, investigator, and news reporter. Commonly called investigative journalism. Including where appropriate, media reviews. The aim being to educate the public, with alternative views, comment and all important; original ideas.
Whereas, affiliated organizations, and we intend no disrespect, tend to beat the same tune on standardized drums, that do not deviate from the original agendas of the UN. They do though foster the ideals of the UN and spread their ideology, more or less verbatim, which is far better than doing nothing at all.
They are not sounding boards, but more sound deadening insulation, to quash alternative views. As has been demonstrated when the IMO said in writing, that they do not accept third party ideas or opinions. Clearly, such closed mind approach is undemocratic. One such example was in relation to ideas for a scrappage scheme, to accelerate the replacement of dirty black-smoke belching ships, with cleaner transport, to help meet 2030 and 2050 targets. It appeared from such a response, that the IMO was actually working for shipping lines to allow them more time to pollute the planet. We hasten to add, that this was not from the Alliance, but such information is published for media review, and is copyleft.
Why on earth the IMO did not put this up as an idea for fleet operators to consider, is beyond us, perhaps beyond all normal reasoning. What do you think?
Incredible, that any organization would be so closed shop. Courtesy of Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd as a permissible download. If you may have come across any other examples of potentially obstructive and/or dismissive behaviour on the part of the United Nations, please let us know. The Alliance exists to underscore and hold to account, such 'closed-shop' mentality, and other bad behaviour, that is unfortunately the signature of any body that believes itself to be above accountability. Whereas the opposite is true. Transparency and accountability should be the basis of a strong institution. Making a mockery of the Sustainability Development Goals. The Alliance does not know if the writers received any more information about their idea, appearing not to want to pursue the issue, presumably for political reasons. But the Alliance would like to know more of this, and any negative issues any other organization may have encountered. We also report on positive issues, by way of fair and balance reporting. Though, the UN come across reluctant to share news.
WHAT IS A LAUREL WREATH?
A laurel wreath is a round wreath made of connected branches and leaves of the bay laurel (Laurus nobilis), an aromatic broadleaf evergreen, or later from spineless butcher's broom (Ruscus hypoglossum) or cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus). It is a symbol of triumph and is worn as a chaplet around the head, or as a garland around the neck.
It is also a symbol of many other sporting achievements, such as in motorsport, athletics, and yachting.
INJUSTICE ALLIANCE - The bulldog motif in a laurel wreath is symbolic of attacking intruders, and not letting go. In this case attacking inaction and policies that allow sloth on the part of the member states. This logo is blue on a white background, with the planet earth represented in simplistic terms as a traditional globe and grid, about which there are no copyright or trade mark issues, according to the UN's own description of their emblem. Even if this logo had been (or is in the future) used in a commercial way to generate funds for campaigning, etc. In this regard the Alliance is caught between a rock and a hard place. Because few would contribute to attack UN policies that are not working. Whereas, many would pay to back spin to prolong the use of fossil fuels. Such as coal, oil and plastics producers. Sometimes referred to as Climate Change Criminals.
- The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) uses a logo that features a giant panda inside a circle. The panda is black and white, while the circle is green. The logo also has the text “WWF” below the
panda, to make it more unique.
A laurel wreath in the emblem of the Spanish anarcho-syndicalist labor union, the Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (English: National Confederation of Labor); CNT.
These are some fine examples of artwork that is available copyright free as downloads from the internet. Any one of which could be the basis for a "Watchdog" logo.
Another example of a registered trademark, using the globe represented by a grid pattern. There is thus no monopoly on such designs.
Name: World Franchise Council
- According to one of the UN's websites, the original emblem of the United Nations was created by a team of designers during the United Nations Conference on International Organization in 1945. The design team was led by Oliver Lincoln Lundquist. The UN emblem was designed to be "a map of the world representing an azimuthal equidistant projection centred on the North Pole, inscribed in a wreath consisting of crossed conventionalized branches of the olive tree, in gold on a field of smoke-blue with all water areas in white. The projection of the map extends to 60 degrees south latitude, and includes five concentric circles".
This website is Copyright © 2024 The Injustice Alliance. Copyleft applying, without the need to obtain permissions for Media Reviews and Educational purposes. All other trademarks are hereby acknowledged. Any person may download, use and quote any reference or any link, and is guaranteed such right to freedom of information and speech under the Human Rights and Freedom of Information Acts. However, be aware that we cannot be held liable for the accuracy of the information provided. All users should therefore research matters for themselves and seek their own legal advice and this information is provided simply by way of a guide. The Watchdog logos are original works of art. The main identifying feature being a Bulldog. They may be reproduced for educational purposes (homework projects or teaching) or media review, without seeking permission from the Injustice Alliance, though a link back to the appropriate web article, or other acknowledgement would be appreciated.