Superhero Orange Dan is cut down to size

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The Independent Online

When the Orange Order unveiled a cartoon mascot last November, leaders of Northern Ireland's leading Unionist organisation hoped their new superhero character, Diamond Dan, would help to transform the formerly sectarian image of the group into something more family and tourist friendly.

He featured on the Order's Christmas cards and was unveiled in full before last week's 12 July marches commemorating the Battle of the Boyne, with souvenir fridge magnets and notebooks. But Dan appears to have fallen foul of copyright law. Dan Bailey, a designer from Essex, posted a similar image on iStockphoto.com, one of the world's digital libraries , and its graphics cannot be used for commercial purposes without a licence. The Order hopes to make its new mascot legal.

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