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The Cyprus presidency logo story: Of nepotism and copyright

One year ago, the Cyprus government ran a competition for its presidency logo, with the winner being promised 6000 Euros. According to Cyprus Mail, the competition had to be restarted after allegations of nepotism.

In mid-May, after the final logo was unveiled, there were media reports that the logo looked very similar to a raw logo that could be bought from the online platform Shutterstock.com, although the Presidency logo designers said that this was coincidence.

The link to the raw logo from the image platform, which can be found here, now leads to a removed picture. However, the Google Cache still has it.

Unfortunately, it is impossible to know when the image was uploaded on Shutterstock, so it is impossible to check if and (if yes) how long the Shutterstock image existed before the Cyprus logo was sent in by the designers – so this is all pure speculation.

In any case, the Cyprus presidency logo has quite an interesting story even before the presidency has started. I can’t remember that, let’s say the Finnish logo was equally exciting.



7 Responses to The Cyprus presidency logo story: Of nepotism and copyright

  1. avatar OldAd says:

    It is seldom that anything happens in Cyprus with out there being a wiff of scandal.Fome nepotism to outright briberyits all there. It makes fascinating reading though some times you also have to read again between the lines to fully understand what is happening.The next 7 months should provide a barrel of laughs if the state survives that long,bankrupt and without a cheif.

  2. avatar blogcyeu says:

    You can add the intricate complexities of looking ahead for a presidential elections in 2013. Nevertheless that doesn’t undermine that the the Kyrenia Ship emblem still is a valid choice of a concept to support a push forwards to a more European Cyprus

  3. avatar Ronny Patz says:

    I don’t mind any interpretation of the logo. In the end, it’s just a logo, and all the fancy ways of interpreting what it means don’t mean much because most people won’t notice anyway. :)

  4. avatar blogcyeu says:

    The meaning behind a visual icon is it’s most distinguishing element and a cornerstone of authenticity, let alone copyright.
    I understand that it may be less exciting than the Finnish example, but as the most noticeable icon and visual linked to any presidency, I do agree with you that people won’t have too much trouble associating the ‘institutional birds’ beyond the fancy explanation that was used to justify the creativity.

  5. avatar Ronny Patz says:

    My remark was not directed at the Cyprus logo alone, it was more directed at the Presidency logos in general. Given the short period that Presidencies exist, their logos do not have a strong relevance beyond noticing that one presidency has ended the next has come. In this sense, the Finnish logo was not more or less exciting than the Cyprus one. The Finnish logo probably also had a meaning, but who cares 5 years later?

  6. avatar Blogcyeu says:

    For an institution that is permanent, yes. The logo excercise can be at times seem folkloric and probably an adaptable structure that is renewable would make more sense rather than creating isolated digital islands

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