[NetBehaviour] YES MEN APOLOGIZE TO BRITISH PETROLEUM.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Wed Mar 12 13:29:37 CET 2008
YES MEN APOLOGIZE TO BRITISH PETROLEUM.
My name is Robert White and I work in Group Trade Marks - part of the
Legal Department of BP p.l.c.
Our responsibilities extend to protecting the BP brand and trade marks
which includes monitoring the internet for infringements and
Our attention has been drawn to the existence of the following web
You will note that these pages bear a remarkable similarity to the
genuine www.bp.com <http://www.bp.com> website.
You will observe that the webpages in question include multiple
reproductions of the BP logo. BP p.l.c. has not authorised this and
submit that this infringes the copyright in BP's trademarks.
In addition, we are concerned that there is a real risk of that
genuine visitors could be confused and being diverted away from the
genuine www.bp.com <http://www.bp.com> site. For example, please refer
to link to the "Contact Us" page
You will see that there are a number email addresses listed all ending
in "@beyondpetrol.com". BP neither owns the www.beyondpetrol.com
<http://www.beyondpetrol.com> domain and nor the email addresses
attached to the domain.
Whilst we do not object to the www.theyesmen.org
<http://www.theyesmen.org> per se, our concerns relate to the web
pages appearing at the
http://www.theyesmen.org/agribusiness/beyondpetrol/ level (and below)
in the hierarchy of the site. [...]
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Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2008 11:09:23 -0400 (EDT)
From: Andy Bichlbaum <admin at theyesmen.org>
To: "White, Robert S C" <robert.white2 at uk.bp.com>
Subject: Use of a website... infringing copyright on the trademarks of
Dear Mr. White, BP p.l.c.,
Thank you very much indeed for taking the time to write to us in
regard to your company's website, BP.com.
First of all, please allow me to say that we do completely understand
and sympathize with the hurt that your company has every right in the
world to feel, and we deeply apologize for occasioning this emotion.
And although we do know that there can be no excuse at all for this
slight, I would beg your indulgence for just one minute, so that I
might try to explain our side of the story, such as it is.
Back in 2006, we began preparing some satires on a number of companies
that we considered to be the world's prime malefactors, in order to
help expose their monstrous crimes in a humorous way. These companies
included ExxonMobil, Halliburton/KBR, and a number of other entities,
including your own.
Sadly, while we did get around to fully realizing some of the spoofs -
including the ones on Exxon and Halliburton - we actually *forgot*
about yours shortly after we began work on it, and it thus remained in
the execrable half-finished state in which, to your horror, you found
it last week. It didn't even have its own URL!
I would like to sincerely apologize to your company on behalf of the
Yes Men. Like morons, we were misled by appearances. Like morons, we
thought - or rather, felt - that the malefaction of those other
companies was more... maleficent than your own.
Yes, we can be real morons sometimes. There is no doubt of that.
But I am here to tell you today that we are making efforts. We now
understand that objectively, BP does every bit as much damage to this
planet as does Exxon, Halliburton, or any other more obviously
nefarious company, regardless of its carefully engineered professions
of decency and concern. And we are ready today to prove our maturity,
sincerity, and newfound intelligence by offering you a fully realized
spoof of your own: http://beyond-petrol.com/. We have likewise deleted
the offending pages you refer to below.
I know that our admissions today may be rubbing salt in your wounds,
but I do hope that this website can in some way make amends. Any
relationship, after all, must start from a place of truth and honesty,
not deceit and subterfuge. This is the honest truth, and so this is
where we begin.
Again, please accept our deepest apologies, and our hopes for a better
Yours most faithfully indeed,
The Yes Men
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