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- From: Julian Assange <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 1 Dec 1996 08:18:00 -0800
Subject: COREL TO CENSOR ALL CLIP ART WORLDWIDE
Swastikas halt Corel sales
November 25, 1996, 12 p.m. PT
MUNICH, Germany--Corel (COSFF) software company
has temporarily halted sales of its top-selling Corel Draw
graphics program in Germany because it includes four
banned Nazi symbols, a company spokesman said today.
The Canadian company will remove three drawings of Adolf
Hitler and one swastika from future versions of its popular
software, spokesman Thomas Layer said.
It is also distributing warning labels to be placed on versions
now being sold, Layer said. The label warns that the
"improper use of digital images and symbols" found in the
programs Corel Draw 4.0, 5.0, and 6.0 is prohibited in
Germany, which bans public displays of Nazi symbols.
Munich's state prosecutor launched an investigation into
the software on October 2 after learning that someone had
used the banned images to print business cards for a
neo-Nazi group, Layer said.
This is not the first time that the company has had complaints
due to their clip art images. In 1992, pressure from US Black
rights organisations forced drawings of the Ku Kux Klan to be
removed from the collection.
Consideration is also being given to the removal of other images
from the collection, either due to legal restrictions in
various countries, or due to complaints from organisations
such as the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Images considered for
removal include a burning US flag, Josef Stalin, the Star of
David icon, a cannabis leaf, and a drawing of a woman in a
Corel Draw provides more than 24,000 clip art drawings and
symbols that computer users can copy. The company
suspended the sales on November 19.
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