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Eliuaustin

Eliuaustin

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I was just looking in the highscores and realized that the minigame score for, Barbarian Assault: Healer, is using the symbol of the International Commission for the Red Cross.

This symbol is trademarked and protected under international law. Changes have been made in the game to conform with the law, (e.g., changing the cross on FoG bandages from red to green), and it should be even easier to fix for the website.

I am sure it is just an oversight, but it should be fixed as soon as possible.
Soli Deo Gloria

19-Dec-2018 06:28:04

Louiellen

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Are you an emisary of the Red Cross? If it is really a big deal, Red Cross itself as a global organization will approach Jagex through official communication.

19-Dec-2018 11:00:30

Eliuaustin

Eliuaustin

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It is a big deal. The Red Cross is very protective of its emblems, and cannot possibly monitor every website out there. From their website:

"The red cross and red crescent emblems are protected symbols under international humanitarian law and national laws. Any use that is not expressly authorized by the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols constitutes a misuse of the emblem. Use of these emblems by unauthorized persons is strictly forbidden."

I could have just reported Jagex to the British Red Cross (and then someone would surely be in contact with them), but because I am pretty sure it is just an accident, I thought it would be polite to let Jagex know and give them a chance to fix it first.

Not trying to be a jerk here, but an infraction of international (and British) law hurts us all, regardless of how small.
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19-Dec-2018 16:53:42

Louiellen

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Like I said, if Red Cross wants it - they can communicate with Jagex in an official way.

Organizations can communicate with one another professionally. I don't think you represent Red Cross here, since you have dodged answering my question.

19-Dec-2018 19:02:23

Molly Weazly
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According the the Wiki:

On 9 June 2010, the cross on the Nurse hat was changed from red to green. This sparked some dislike from players on the forums. Mod Emilee stated that it was changed to avoid potential copyright issues. The original symbol is an emblem of the International Red Cross Movement. Other instances in the game, such as healer symbol in Barbarian Assault, were recoloured for the same reason.

So I'm sure Jagex would want to comply with Red Cross protocol if there's any instance of using the symbol incorrectly.

But you should tweet them or fb them or reddit them (sigh) if you want to get the message to them. They don't read the RSOF.

19-Dec-2018 20:07:49

Loki
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I always wondered why the nurse hat was green....

I can try poke a JMod on Discord about this thread for you though. No promises about them responding, however...
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19-Dec-2018 20:19:45

Eliuaustin

Eliuaustin

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@Louiellen No, I am not an emissary of the Red Cross, nor am I affiliated in any official capacity. I am just trying to be a good global citizen.

@Molly Weazly Thanks for the suggestion, I will reach out through those means also.

@AOROX Thanks! That would be helpful! The more people who are pointing this out, the more likely that they will fix it.

Again, I do not assume any bad intentions on Jagex's part. It looks like an oversight when they were changing the emblems back in 2010.
Soli Deo Gloria

19-Dec-2018 20:32:49

CM Nick

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Thanks for the tipoff about this - I'll be sure to escalate this to the team.

Like you said, I'm sure it's just a case of a small oversight in 2010.

Cheers!

19-Dec-2018 21:10:04

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