Don't You Dare Show Olympic Spirit In The UK
from the from-pistil-to-pulpit dept
We’ve spent plenty of time over the years highlighting the ridiculousness surrounding the Olympics and their over-aggressive enforcement of IP laws (and even getting host nations to pass special trademark laws that only apply to the Olympics in some cases). But it’s really reaching positively ludicrous excesses in the UK. First up, a story of a flower shop being threatened for making a version of the Olympic logo out of tissue paper and hanging it in the shop window. You see, that kind of Olympic pride is only allowed if you’ve paid for the permission.
That story led us to an even crazier one. Apparently an 81-year old woman tried to sell a £1 doll at a church sale… but had it shut down because she’d dared to clothe the doll in a home made knit sweater that had a mini-Olympic logo on it.
It appears that they’ve turned this 81-year-old into someone who has realized the absurdity of over aggressive intellectual property protection:
The 81-year-old grandmother of six from King’s Lynn said the last thing she wanted to do was cause a crisis but attacked the rules as ‘absolutely ridiculous.
‘I thought that the hoops symbol was universal and I think it is disgusting that they can make rules about such little things, she said.
It seems that the Olympics would prefer that no one actually show any sort of pride or support for the Olympics unless it’s an official sponsor who paid for the privilege.