Source: John Vidal and Owen Bowcott, The Guardian

A Scottish oil company’s attempt to stop Greenpeace activists tweeting about a protest and posting pictures of people dressed as polar bears on the internet has backfired with hundreds of people around the world breaking the injunction on behalf of the environment group.

It is the first such injunction to be issued since the row in May over the flouting of super-injunctions taken out by celebrities by users of Twitter.

Cairn Energy, the company now exploring for oil and gas off the coast of Greenland, was granted an interim injunction on Monday after 17 people, some dressed as polar bears, entered their Edinburgh headquarters and staged a sit-in, demanding a copy of the company’s oil spill response plan to drilling in the Arctic.

The Scottish court order prohibits the environment group “disseminating, printing, uploading, sharing, copying or otherwise publishing any images, photographs, pictures or other material (or copies thereof) taken or recorded by Greenpeace activists present within 50 Lothian Road, Edinburgh on or around 18 July 2011.”

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