by Mike Masnick
Mon, Sep 29th 2008 8:35am
We were just talking about how the UK had granted all sorts of extraordinary trademark rights to the Olympics for the 2012 games, but the same is true in Canada. Last year, we had reported on similar special trademark rights given to the Olympics for the games in Vancouver in 2010. However, now the Canadian Olympic Committee is taking it to another level. Reader Michael_S alerts us to the news that the Olympic Committee is trying to trademark a line from the Canadian national anthem, "O, Canada." Specifically, it's applying for a trademark on "with glowing hearts," which comes from the song's lyric: "With glowing hearts we see thee rise, the true North strong and free." Even more ridiculous is the list of products that the Olympic Committee claims its trademark would cover: "laundry bleach, diesel fuel, dietary supplements, key chains, belt buckles knapsacks, bobble-head dolls, bathrobes, edible fats and beer." Is the Olympic committee planning to sell diesel fuel under the brand "with glowing hearts"?
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