Olympics Crack Down On Anyone Mentioning Them Without Paying… As White House Tells Everyone To Set Up Olympics Parties

from the ip-violations-galore! dept

We’ve covered for years how overly aggressive the Olympics are in protecting their “IP” — to the point that they often get special laws passed that grant them extra IP rights, which they use to block pretty much anyone who hasn’t paid from using the word “Olympics” at all, or even having a non-sponsoring brand shown anywhere (yes, even if that means taping over the brand on toilet fixtures in bathrooms around the Olympic grounds). Hell, we just reported on the Olympics going after a 30-year-old restaurant named Olympic Gyros.

So it struck me as somewhat surprising to get an email from the White House, saying that I should create my own (or join in an existing) “Olympic Fun Day Meetup.”

Of course, as a participating country, I’m sure that the Olympics grants the US government wider leverage in using its name, but if anyone else in the country suggested something as crazy as creating a special “meet up” around the Olympics, how quickly do you think the Olympics would send in the lawyers to demand a takedown?

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Anonymous Coward says:

best bet would be to totally ignore the Olympics completely, until the Commission come to their senses. the event is supposed to inspire competitiveness and friendship, not give a few idiots the right to change things as they see fit. they act like the USTR. not elected by the people but seem to think they have the powers of the Almighty!

Olympic Coward says:

Hey, Olympics...

Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics Olympics

Now sue me!

Dave (profile) says:

OLYMPICs

I think it works like this:
1. Olympic show is expensive.
2. City hosting show must fund it, and provide venue.
3. City appeals to corporations for money, with IOC blessing
4. Corporations, just because they can, impose severe restrictions on city and IOC as condition of granting money.
5. City and IOC, in order to protect their funds, go completely off the end of the pier. Remember, the corporations can pull their money whenever they like for whatever reason, or none.

IMHO, said corporations should be held legally responsible for ALL funding after they agreed. This especially means funding the athletes, instead of making them beg for money.

As far as I’m concerned, this whole thing is a total cluster*^$% and has been getting worse each time it’s put on. I have NO INTENTION of wasting my time or resources on it. If, in the bloody unlikely event, I need information, there’s always the internet.

hank says:

Official Intellectual Property blog of the 2012 London Olympic Games

somehow i managed to comment on the wrong post… whoops.

Here’s an idea, right before the opening ceremonies, redo the header of techdirt to announce that Techdirt is the “The Official Intellectual Property blog of the 2012 London Olympic Games” and state factually it’s an obvious ironic parody. Let’s see how many hurried morons come out to play.

Rex (profile) says:

Olympics

Hit ’em where it hurts: the pocketbook.

I pledge that for 10 years I will boycott the sponsors of the US Olympic Committee as shown on this page:

http://www.teamusa.org/Sponsors.aspx

I will not buy or use their products or those of their subsidiaries and affiliates, e.g. NBC, a property of GE.

I will renew my boycott annually until the USOC renounces and ceases their heavy handed tactics and their sponsors pays treble reparations, including legal fees, to those it harmed by their legal actions. Additionally, the USOC will have to announce their compliance by publishing full page advertizements in the major newspapers in every US state for 10 consecutive days.

Don’t laugh. I have a boycott list. Some residents of that boycott list are there for “Life”. AT&T has been there since 2001 (remember North Point Communications? I do) and will remain there until it reimburses me for my losses, treble. Sears Roebuck (rule of 78 interest charges in 1977). I haven’t bought anything there since. — I know hundreds of people and businesses with boycott lists. Once your on the list, you’ve lost a customer for a long time (Target … oh, nevermind). I respect my boycott lists and do not patronize those companies on them.

So, USOC, FOAD. … whew! I feel better now.

FM Hilton (profile) says:

Not the only instance

Yeah, the Olympic Committee is way over-protective of their brand, all right-in Maine, there was a group of people who wanted to hold an “RedNeck Olympics”, and the IOC came down on them hard, issuing a ‘cease and desist’ letter to them.
http://bangordailynews.com/2011/08/12/news/lewiston-auburn/redneck-olympics-organizer-ready-to-face-u-s-olympic-committee/

The “Rednecks” said they were disappointed in that idea, and thought it was highly unfair.

Just last week, they were still using the brand. Oh, well.

TeaMan says:

Olympians

I’m not really sure how these people can have any rights to a ‘Olympic’ when it originates from the Greek Olympics in Olympia back to 776 B.C. Wouldn’t the ancient Greeks be the ones with the rights to that term, and I’m sure that would have expired by now, unless they paid politicians of course. I wonder how much money they owe the Greeks for unlawful use, of not only the term, but the games themselves?

streetlight (profile) says:

Reminds me of the NFL's limits on the use of the term

Advertisers and others allegedly can’t use the trademarked/copyrighted term for the Big Game played annually in the US in late January or early February, so the invention of the term “The Big Game.” Perhaps for subject term we should use something like, “The Quadrennial Summer Competitions,”, i. e., QSC, and “The Quadrennial Winter Competitions,”, i. e., QWC.

Ridiculous!

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