Get sued and earn your 'Biting the Pigopolist' merit badge

The winners are in

When El Reg learned that Hong Kong scouts could earn a copyright proficiency badge for pledging their allegiance to Hollywood, we decided the time was right to award some badges of our own. Sadly, our design department has been too busy designing T-Shirts to spend much time on the demanding hacks' copyright quest. So, we turned to you - our beloved readers.

You came to the rescue with a nice array of "Biting the Pigopolist" merit badges. These awards will soon be found on children everywhere - the thousands who have received lawsuits from the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) and MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America). Nothing helps assuage the pain of paying out a huge settlement like a "Biting the Pigopolist" stamp on your shirt.

The winner - one A.P.G.Robinson from somewhere in the UK -- will receive a Register goodie of his/her choice and will be vaulted to great fame by having the design below turned into one of our teaser story graphics posted at the top of the homepage.

Thanks to all of you who entered. Tsk, tsk to the lazy sods who didn't.

Badge 5

The winner!

Third badge

A close second!

First logo

This was the first badge to roll in and came from Glenn Alexander. A fine effort.

Second badge

We love the spirit here, but the picture clarity was lacking. Still, many thanks to Alex Labram.

Badge 4

This is a much loved design from William Russell. We hope to make good use of it in the future.

Badge 6

This bad boy almost won the whole contest. It's certainly the best badge from a design point of view. The one thing missing? Pork, baby. Ronald Obermoser sent this in and asked for some free advertising, but didn't tell us what to plug. This is the best we can do.

Badge 7

Peter Maydew took third with this lovely badge. It should get some future play as well.

Badge 10

Badge 8

Great work here from Eric - aka Chef Boy. Notice the fine badge filter on the second design. Now we're talking!

Badge 9

Neil Brown sent in this collection of badges. See if you can find the one that's missing.

Badge 11

This unorthodox item came in from Pascal Monett. He calls it the RIAA Bureau of Investigation seal, which is a little too close to reality for our liking. ®

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