The UK Independence Party (UKIP) finds itself in the midst of a controversy as it replaced its logo with a new one bearing a purple lion’s head. The far-right political party changed its yellow, pound insignia with a purple lion logo. However, the new logo is strikingly similar to England’s main football league, the Premier League logo. The party now faces a legal battle over copyright claims. United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) logo was unveiled at its annual party conference in Torquay last week. It was met with immediate criticism over social media by people who were quick to point its similarity to the year-old Premier League logo.
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UKIP’s former logo was a purple pound insignia set against a yellow backdrop. The new logo was not selected unilaterally, but was voted by conference attendees as their favourite brand logo and was approved as the symbol of UKIP. As soon as it was declared on social media, Twitter was flooded with outrage, sarcastic and mocking comments on the similarities it contained with the Premier League logo. Of these tweets was of Gary Lineker, a former UK footballer and broadcaster who also reserved his piece of mind by tweeting: “The @premierleague will be thrilled.”
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Premier League’s spokesperson informed media sources that the internal legal team is looking into the issue and assessing the breach of copyright. Paul Oakden, UKIP chairman replied to media queries that he is “not worried.” He went on to say: “For a start, I don’t mind UKIP being associated with the Premier League. UKIP has been at the forefront in leaving Europe decision of Brexit. Nigel Farage, its former head was the key figurehead of the Leave campaign of Brexit. The party claims to have chosen a lion as its symbol owing to its close association with Britain. If looked at, there is no direct similarity between UKIP logo and Premier League’s logo. The former has British stripes marked across lion’s mane with its eyes open and bearing teeth. Other features include party name and slogan “For the Nation” to the left of lion logo, both divided by a yellow line, reminder of its past logo. Premier League logo has s lion wearing a crown on top of its mane with more simplified features.
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