Feeds

Greenpeace whups Esso

'Victory for free speech on the Net'

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Greenpeace has heralded the decision of a French court to lift an injunction against an Esso protest site as an "important victory for free speech on the Internet".

In July last year Esso France began legal action against Greenpeace in France over the StopEsso Web site. The site used a logo which parodied Esso's own brand by putting a double dollar sign ($$) in place of the "SS" in the oil giant's red and blue "ESSO" logo.

At the time a French judge upheld Esso's complaint to remove the logo. But this was overturned yesterday by a French court, which ruled that the use of the logo was allowable under the right to free speech.

In a statement Greenpeace said: "The decision by a French court today to lift an injunction against the use of a parody logo on the StopEsso Web site was an important victory for free speech on the internet, a victory for the climate, and evidence that Esso's strategy to silence critics using the courts was futile.

Said Greenpeace International campaigner Stephanie Tunmore: "Esso is sabotaging climate protection in order to continue its dirty business and has attempted to use the courts to silence its critics. Today that strategy failed."

Esso said it was "disappointed by this court's decision"

Régis Mallet, Esso's corporate affairs manager in France said that Esso does not object to Greenpeace's right to protest.

"What we object to is their blatant disregard for the facts and their antics such as the distortion of our corporate logo," he said. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s
The iKing thinks telly is far too fiddly and ugly – basically, iTunes
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
Forget silly privacy worries - help biometrics firms make MILLIONS
Beancounter reckons dabs-scanning tech is the next big moneypit
Microsoft's Office Delve wants work to be more like being on Facebook
Office Graph, social features for Office 365 going public
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.