Any colour you like, providing it’s not…

Cadbury’s to take over West Coast Main Line. Oh, wait, that’s a different story…

Following the restrictions of the use of five interlocking rings and other associated Olympic branding rights, it seems other organisations are now getting in on the act…

As a result of the recent decision to allow Cadbury exclusive use of the colour Pantone-2685c-purple*, the author Alice Walker is believed to be claiming she already has exclusive rights to the colour purple. Buckingham Palace has already rushed to register its own shade of velverty-purple to avoid any association with Cadbury purple. It is reported that Prince is re-releasing ‘The Colour Formerly Known as Purple Rain’, while Pink Floyd are yet to clarify their position on the matter. Procul Harum are claiming rights to a whiter shade of pale.

Blood red has already been reserved for the Red Cross and blood donor service, but this is currently being challenged by the National Association Of Vampires. The AA motoring service is concerned about a conflict of interest in their yellow-amber badge colour and middle traffic light colour that exhibits a similar hue. There have been widespread reports that Sky+ blue is causing issues during daytime use.

Apple gave up trying to patent their highly distinctive rainbow logo sequence many years ago due to complications with a former eminent scientist who it turned out had already registered the spectrum colour combination. With the exception of donkey grey, which has been held by the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary since 1987, Apple have however since secured most tints of grey, and are now reported to be controversially suing the publishers of the book Shades of Grey for copyright infringement.

The opposition party have claimed ‘whitewash’ as a special colour for use in relation to specific government policy announcements. Mr Gove, having failed to register the colour Gove – a sort of transparent, flaccid puce – is claiming that all colours should be made more rigorous by removing them altogether, returning to the simpler black and white of the 1950s. He will also be introducing new laws to reclassify all colour names into their original Latin.

Finally, please note that the popular Trooping the Colour ceremony has been cancelled due to legal reasons. I don’t want the future to be orange. And all this just makes me see Ferrari red.

* To be fair, the restriction only applies to the mis-use of Cadbury Purple on other chocolate bar wrappers. At least for now that is.

With thanks to Other T

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