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Liverpool win battle over Liver Bird copyright

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Liverpool Football Club have won a court court battle which protects the club's right to use the Liver Bird as a symbol.
This is Liver Bird: The symbol for the city of Liverpool
This is Liver Bird: The symbol for the city of Liverpool
The Reds controversially secured an exclusive use of the city landmark as a trade mark in 2010.

But those opposed to the move claimed the iconic Liver Bird was a symbol for the whole city of Liverpool and not just one of its football club. They also claim the symbol shouldnt be used for trademark purposes.

Alfie Hincks, 47, applied to have the decision revoked and gathered hundreds of pages of evidence of the bird as a wider symbol of Liverpool.

Mr Hincks told the Liverpool Echo: "I was absolutely convinced that with the amount of evidence we had sent in and the amount of information they had we would persuade them it was a symbol of our city."

But a judgement has now found in favour of the Anfield club once again.

However Mr Hincks, a former secretary of the Keep Everton in Our City group (KEIOC), vows to continue his fight.

He is enlisting the help of the great-grandson of Carl Bartels – the German architect who designed the birds on the Royal Liver Building.

Mr Hincks added: "In the First World War Mr Bartels was sent to the Isle of Man as a prisoner of war because he was German.

"The city dignitaries were so embarrassed that we had a German architect design the birds they went back to the blueprints and destroyed them.

"I spoke to his great-grandson yesterday and he is trying to get evidence we can use, but obviously there are no blueprints we can produce.

"If anyone should be allowed to have this trademark it should be the family, but Mr Bartels designed the bird for the city of Liverpool."

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