Olympic Athletes Told To Cover Apple Logos On Devices So Apple Doesn't Get Any Free Promotion

from the this-post-brought-to-you-by-olympic-censorship dept

For many years, we've pointed out the absolutely insane lengths the Olympics goes through to abuse trademark law to insane levels. It often requires host countries to pass special laws that give the Olympics powers that go beyond traditional trademark laws. And then, it does things like covering up the logos on toilets and sinks with tape, because those companies don't pay to be sponsors. It even launched an investigation at the last Olympics after it was discovered that athletes were having sex with non-sponsor condoms (Durex was the sponsor, but the condoms were not). Way back in 2006, we talked about how Apple was getting "free promotion" at the Olympics because tons of athletes were walking around using iPods with the iconic white earbuds, and reporters would ask them what they were listening to. We joked about the Olympic Committee telling athletes not to use Apple products.

Except, our joke has almost become reality. Apparently, athletes are being told to cover the Apple logo on any electronics they have, because Samsung is the big consumer electronics sponsor for this Olympics, and the Olympic Committee can't let any brand possibly get free support. And, apparently, because the Olympic Committee thinks everyone in the world is a moron who won't recognize that a MacBook with a piece of tape over the Apple is still a MacBook.


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    That One Guy (profile), Feb 6th, 2014 @ 8:18am

    When all you have is a hammer...

    And, apparently, because the Olympic Committee thinks everyone in the world is a moron who won't recognize that a MacBook with a piece of tape over the Apple is still a MacBook.

    Since they apparently can't see anything but logos, trademarks and money, they probably assume everyone else is similarly blind.

     

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    anon, Feb 6th, 2014 @ 10:14am

    looks

    Other than the logo i would not be able to tell the difference between an ipad and any other silver color backed tablet, it is only the fanboys that notice the shape and size and color of say an apple product compared to a acer tablet and laptop or net-book. Remove the logo and Apple do in fact lose a hell of a lot of free advertising, this is one case of overdoing it that i actually think is reasonable, Apple logo does get noticed becasue it is so well known and so unique to others, just another reason that Apple should not have won in the courts when they said their ipad would or could be confused with a samsung device.

     

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      Wally (profile), Feb 6th, 2014 @ 2:03pm

      Re: looks

      Well truth be told...we will be able to tell of it's an Apple product regardless because Apple was the only company asked to do this...Here's something about Samsung you didn't quite know...they make more than just electronic devices...they're also involved in several other industries including Natural Gas Compressors...the are also S. Korea's largest (if not the ONLY) news paper media outlet....

      Now what gets me is why aren't the Olympic Committee members using Samsung products? I mean Samsung is sponsoring the events going on...

      No...you see...the ONLY reason Samsung did this is because they had to pay for patent infringements on 3G antenna patents owned by Infineon..

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Feb 10th, 2014 @ 2:40am

        Re: Samsung

        Interesting. Another tidbit about Samsung that most people probably don't know:

        All Samsung TVs starting with model year 2012 have hidden cameras in the front bezels, so that they, and their affiliates, ad infinitum, can watch you in your own home.

         

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    I was wondering how long it was going to be before you did an IOC post.

     

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    Internet Zen Master (profile), Feb 6th, 2014 @ 10:23am

    face, meet palm

    And this is one of the (many) reasons why Olympic Committee is a goddamn joke. [Also, possibly more corrupt than your average Russian politician].

    So what are they supposed to do if one of the athletes is an Apple die-hard zealot who has the Apple logo tattooed somewhere on his body that can't be easily covered up?

     

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      That One Guy (profile), Feb 6th, 2014 @ 10:39am

      Re: face, meet palm

      Well obviously at that point there's only two options, 1) Always cover that portion of their skin up, so the logo could never be seen, or 2) Surgically remove that section of skin, so the logo(and flesh) is no longer there, because we can't have companies getting publicity without paying out the nose for it of course! /s

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Feb 6th, 2014 @ 8:29pm

      Re: face, meet palm

      It might be in the TV broadcaster's contract that they have to fuzz out an athlete's non-Olympic-approved tattoos -- the same way a streaker's genitals are treated.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 6th, 2014 @ 10:30am

    Hmmm

    Since the US no longer restricts their Olympic teams to "amateur athletes" my question is how do they handle the professional athletes that have their own contractual endorsement deals with competing sponsors? What if the athlete already had a contractual obligation to Apple? What then?

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Feb 6th, 2014 @ 10:36am

      Re: Hmmm

      I remember a story some years ago when Tom Brady (sponsored by Underarmour) got some flak for taping over a Nike (sponsor of the NFL) logo on his jacket during a postgame press conference.

      We can expect a similar story this year where the tape (mandated by the IOC, or chosen by the athlete, depending on what it's covering) becomes a bigger story than any logo would have been.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Feb 6th, 2014 @ 11:16am

        Re: Re: Hmmm

        Imagine in 2016 at the Summer Olympics in Rio, where golf will again be an Olympic sport, that Callaway or Acushnet (Titleist) becomes an official sponsor, the shit fit Nike would have because Tiger can't walk around during that time (even when he's not competing) wearing their or even his own brand (which is really theirs.)

         

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        trollificus (profile), Feb 7th, 2014 @ 11:09pm

        Re: Re: Hmmm

        Please fill out the enclosed form clarifying exactly which brand of tape will you be using to cover up the logo. Your branding representatives should have advised you of the consequences of violating our agreement with 3M. Please see that you act accordingly.

        Sincerely,
        IOC Subcommittee on Squeezing Every Fucking Drop of Revenue Possible Out of This Noble Celebration of Sport (IOCSSEFDRPOTNCS)

         

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      PRMan, Feb 6th, 2014 @ 11:55am

      Re: Hmmm

      This has already happened. Remember the Dream Team (Magic, Jordan and Bird) with the flag draped all over them. That was because of sponsor issues, not patriotism.

       

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    Christenson, Feb 6th, 2014 @ 10:31am

    Does this mean we have to cover up five-ringed logos everywhere?

    Or maybe we should just censor the olympics? Anyone remember Salt Lake City? Me, I have a feeling I won't be watching any...after getting the same feelings about Apple after their silly patent battles and my iPad crashing apps with depressing regularity.

     

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    DannyB (profile), Feb 6th, 2014 @ 10:51am

    What about Android logos?

    What about Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, Sony logos? Blackberry?

    Do you need to cover the screen when your BRAND-X laptop, phone or tablet is rebooted because a logo appears?

    What about the Microsoft logo? Start menu button? What about icons on the desktop that are logos of various software companies or logos?

    What if a paperback book has a logo of the publisher on its cover?

    What about logos or brand names on athletes' luggage?

     

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    scotts13 (profile), Feb 6th, 2014 @ 10:52am

    No good answer

    I was trying to type up a rational, logical policy to cover 'unapproved' logos, then realized the subject is not going to be addressed with either rationality or logic.

    Make me king for a day, and the policy would be that logos could be freely displayed on items that 1. Were paid for by the owner, and 2. The owner did not and will not receive payment for displaying them.

    You bought an Apple laptop - OK
    Apple gave you a laptop - Not OK
    You have an Apple sticker on your clipboard - OK
    Apple paid you to put a sticker there - Not OK

    However, the Olympic Committee almost certainly accepted additional money to keep any other logo out of sight, so that's all out the window.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Feb 6th, 2014 @ 12:08pm

      Re: No good answer

      "I was trying to type up a rational, logical policy to cover 'unapproved' logos, then realized the subject is not going to be addressed with either rationality or logic."

      I've alway wondered why the Olympics don't just collect a percentage of money athletes make from their sponsors? Then you can do commercials, boards, etc, etc and not worry so much about what the athletes say or do...

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 6th, 2014 @ 10:53am

    Nothing new, but sort of dumb...

    I see this regularly on TV shows, commercials and movies, so it doesn't surprise me. I wonder what the Olympic committee can really do though, penalize an athlete for non-sponsored gear?
    If I was an Apple marketing person, I would simply give out free iPods and laugh about it. It certainly gave the condom market in Australia a boost 9)

     

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      DannyB (profile), Feb 6th, 2014 @ 10:55am

      Re: Nothing new, but sort of dumb...

      I can think of a logical rational way to address this.

      How about wearing a t-shirt that loudly proclaims:

      Nothing I have is a product of any sponsor of this organized aporting event.

      Small print: that way I don't have to worry about disclaiming or covering every individual logo. Just disclaim them all at once, loudly. (If you sponsor the Olympics, I won't buy your product -- to simplify my life.)

       

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    h, Feb 6th, 2014 @ 10:59am

    Basic jurisprudence:

    Samsung could not have entered into contract with Committee, wich gives away rights of third parties. And no, Olympics are not private for this purpose.

    If we allow that legal crap, then next thing you know Mr Lee Kun-hee will usurp right to eat you dog by signing Samsung with Google. I say: Kun change you name to Woo De Fuck. Because that's what you are.

    BTW, for the past decade this is SOP amongst evil multinationals.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 6th, 2014 @ 11:04am

    Next joke to become a reality next Olympics

    (Next joke to become a reality next Olympics below)

    Well hey, at least they're just saying to cover up the logo's. It's not like they're seizing all the apple products as if they were illegal goods. And it's like they're removing the toilets and sinks from non-sponsers simply because they know a piece of tape isn't good enough.

    That could NEVER happen, right?

     

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    limbodog (profile), Feb 6th, 2014 @ 11:13am

    The joke's on you

    "It even launched an investigation at the last Olympics after it was discovered that athletes were having sex with non-sponsor condoms (Durex was the sponsor, but the condoms were not)."


    This is actually a perfect recreation of how the original olympics were back in ancient Greece. They didn't care for Trojans then, either.

     

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    Google Rocks!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 6th, 2014 @ 11:17am

    somebody please trademark a taped over apple logo

     

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    John Cressman, Feb 6th, 2014 @ 11:50am

    Cover it!

    Yes... that's a good idea! I would cover up my apple device with an Apple sticker.

    Anyone who supports or watches the Olympics supports this sort of fascist over controlling zealotry, in which case - reap what you sow.

    Personally, I've refused to support the Money enterprise that stole the name Olympics for some time.

     

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      Anonymous Anonymous Coward, Feb 6th, 2014 @ 12:38pm

      Re: Cover it!

      Actually, I see an opportunity to market a series of stickers with 'witty' sayings mocking the puerile blocking of 'non-approved' logos. Maybe different shapes and/or colors denoting different manufacturers (some opportunity for wit there as well).

      There's the idea. I declare it public domain. Someone, maybe near Sochi, take it to the bank.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Feb 6th, 2014 @ 1:47pm

        Re: Re: Cover it!

        I'd like to see them all take the opportunity to promote the EFF by covering the logo with EFF stickers.

         

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    Baldaur Regis (profile), Feb 6th, 2014 @ 12:06pm

    Any word on what brand is going to be the Official Olympics Censoring Tape? Gosh yes but I need some of that mojo for my kids.

     

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    Tim, Feb 6th, 2014 @ 12:20pm

    Grow up Olympic Committee!!

    It's probably not the Olympic Committee members' faults. It's their parents' for giving them everything they whined for when they were selfish little brats. Now they're just selfish big brats.

     

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    Eric Goebelbecker, Feb 6th, 2014 @ 12:27pm

    Of course it's equally possible...

    ...that Apple demanded their logos be covered so they are not associated with Sochi.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 6th, 2014 @ 12:41pm

    Whatsup with all the hidden comments? They dont look like the usual shilling

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Feb 6th, 2014 @ 12:48pm

      Re:

      Ootb has ramped up his stupidity generator to maximum. Now he likes to holler about nonexistent censorship and abuse of the report button. I guess he ran out of rude things to say about the site, the author, etc.

       

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    Rubicant (profile), Feb 6th, 2014 @ 12:44pm

    You know things are bad when....

    even articles reporting on the the Olympic committees investigation into unauthorized condoms is taken down due to copyright.

    http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2012/aug/07/london-2012-condoms-olympic-village?CMP=twt_g u

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Feb 6th, 2014 @ 12:55pm

      Re: You know things are bad when....

      Wait this link says their copyright has expired...

      This is madness, we all know copyright lasts life + 70 years and will continue to be extended into the future to keep Mickey Mouse covered, so there is no way that the copyright on anything produced in the last 100 years could have actually "expired".

      Typical lying mainstream media trying to subtly convince the public that copyright can actually expire....

      Silly Rabbit, Trix are for kids

       

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      scotts13 (profile), Feb 6th, 2014 @ 1:47pm

      Re: You know things are bad when....

      Most likely, they're using "copyright" incorrectly. Their limited license (from an outside source) has expired.

       

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    hij (profile), Feb 6th, 2014 @ 1:26pm

    Apple Tape

    Someone needs to start making tape that has images of apples on it.

     

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      DogBreath, Feb 6th, 2014 @ 2:51pm

      Re: Apple Tape

      Or just tape a condom over it, but make sure it is a "approved official sponsor of the Olympics" condom. Wouldn't want someone to rip a condom off of your apple, especially one that is duct taped on....

       

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    Douglas (profile), Feb 6th, 2014 @ 1:53pm

    Olympic trademarks

    When Washington state wanted the Winter Olympics, they were asked to rename the Olympic mountain range and restrict the countless businesses that have Olympic in their name.

     

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    Aitala (profile), Feb 6th, 2014 @ 2:37pm

    Article corrected...

    MacRumors updated the story. Apple logos not banned...

    http://www.macrumors.com/2014/02/06/sochi-athletes-may-use-iphones/

    Eric

     

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    ahow628 (profile), Feb 6th, 2014 @ 6:38pm

    And, apparently, because the Olympic Committee thinks everyone in the world is a moron who won't recognize that a MacBook with a piece of tape over the Apple is still a MacBook.

    Depends on how big of a hurry these morons are in. This is the Olympics after all, so they could be in quite the hurry.

     

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    McCrea (profile), Feb 6th, 2014 @ 11:57pm

    No Logos

    I've always held the personal belief that logos devalued an item.

     

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      trollificus (profile), Feb 7th, 2014 @ 11:34pm

      Re: No Logos

      Okay, I guess that's two of us now. It's a start.

      I used to make it a point to address people wearing that ugly Hilfiger stuff with the name in that supersized font as "Tommy", and then ask "Well why do you have his shirt?"

      I also questioned, back when this first started (70s? 80s?), what I was supposed to get in return for the free advertising. Somehow, the explanation, that I got some kind of 'cool cred' from people who judged such things based on the brand of clothing a person wore seemed absolutely paradoxical.

      And so have avoided heavily logo'd clothing ever since.*

      *-esp. the 'swoosh'. Somehow, overpriced products endorsed by ridiculously overpaid athletes, who were then given more huge sums of money for a 'contribution' to the product which in no way enhanced its utility or quality, while the people who actually produced the products were paid slave wages seemed...ummm...unsavory? contradictory? immoral? COMPLETELY, GLARINGLY, TOTALLY WRONG, maybe?

       

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        btrussell (profile), Feb 8th, 2014 @ 12:50am

        Re: Re: No Logos

        "I also questioned, back when this first started (70s? 80s?), what I was supposed to get in return for the free advertising."

        I used to as well, sometimes still ask others, but I think you have to have the tattoo as well, on your forehead or both cheeks, to get paid. I should also point out that it needs to be on your face. I had inked a G and O on my left cheek and GLE on my right, but google wouldn't pay me as it wasn't facial.

         

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        Anonymous Coward, Feb 10th, 2014 @ 3:19am

        Re: Re: No Logos

        Indeed, it has been posited that the 'swoosh' symbol is really just a whip in mid-swing.

         

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    ysth (profile), Feb 7th, 2014 @ 5:03pm

    if you must cover up the logos

    I recommend http://geekz.co.uk/shop/store/show/schneier-sticker-0 (not sure if they are actually selling anymore; that webcomic is pining for the fjords).

     

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