Westfields Marriott logo

by 5ocietyx

Westfields Marriott

The Westfields Marriott logo appears to be in contravention of US Code 18 USC § 713 forbidding the use of the Great Seal in company logos.

18 USC § 713 – USE OF LIKENESSES OF THE GREAT SEAL OF THE UNITED STATES, THE SEALS OF THE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT, THE SEAL OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE, THE SEAL OF THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, AND THE SEAL OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS

(a) Whoever knowingly displays any printed or other likeness of the great seal of the United States, or of the seals of the President or the Vice President of the United States, or the seal of the United States Senate, or the seal of the United States House of Representatives, or the seal of the United States Congress, or any facsimile thereof, in, or in connection with, any advertisement, poster, circular, book, pamphlet, or other publication, public meeting, play, motion picture, telecast, or other production, or on any building, monument, or stationery, for the purpose of conveying, or in a manner reasonably calculated to convey, a false impression of sponsorship or approval by the Government of the United States or by any department, agency, or instrumentality thereof, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.

http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/713

This may be the reason for the rebranding as it is no longer displayed on their website although is still visible on the Dulles Chamber of Commerce website and several others. It symbolizes the blurring of the line between government and corporations and seemingly flouts the law or rather the code with impunity as do US and UK politicians who attend the secret gatherings of this mutual appreciation society set in this presidential election year in the heart of the military industrial complex in Virginia as it was in 2008.

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