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IOC Trademarks Part of Canadian National Anthem

kdawson posted more than 5 years ago | from the can't-say-that-eh dept.

Censorship 412

gravis777 sends us to BoingBoing for news that the International Olympic Committee has trademarked a line from the Canadian National Anthem and is threatening to sue anyone who uses it. The line in question is "with glowing hearts." "The committee is so serious about protecting the Olympic brand it managed to get a landmark piece of legislation passed in the House of Commons last year that made using certain phrases related to the Games a violation of law. The list includes the number 2010 and the word 'winter,' phrases that normally couldn't be trademarked because they are so general."

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412 comments

That's ok (5, Funny)

khendron (225184) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212435)

Most of us Canadians don't know the words anyway.

Beta Index (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25212567)

I don't like it. I also don't like how the option to turn slashboxes off doesn't work. I hate how I have to either keep the window maximized or read articles in little slender columns that make up less than half of the browser's real estate. This is why I love Greasemonkey.

Re:Beta Index (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25212643)

huh? It looks the same to me, but now I can vote down dumb articles, like in the firehose. And the tags are moved to the right.

Re:That's ok (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25212791)

Which is funny because I'm an American and I do. It's a beautiful song.

Re:That's ok (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25213031)

You Sir are in a very small minority(probably alone)

Re:That's ok (3, Funny)

erroneus (253617) | more than 5 years ago | (#25213049)

Canada has a national anthem? I thought they were still applying for statehood in the U.S.

Mod parent troll (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25213265)

Canadians take great pride in the fact that we are completely different from the US on many fronts, particularly in the fact that we are much less of a capitalist society and that we ascribe to more socialist ideas. This comment is inane, shortsighted, and clearly indicative of the self-centredness of the US. Maybe it was meant to be funny, but there's really not anything funny about it; in fact, it's rather insulting, and the only possible humour it holds is in its absurdity.

Re:That's ok (2, Funny)

philspear (1142299) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212897)

Hey, the article was tagged "YOUR rights online," talking to ME. I'm not canadian, it's not affecting MY rights. WHAT'S THE DEAL!?!?

Re:That's ok (5, Insightful)

just_another_sean (919159) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212981)

Hey, the article was tagged "YOUR rights online," talking to ME. I'm not canadian, it's not affecting MY rights. WHAT'S THE DEAL!?!?

Here, try this as an expermient then. Grab a domain, WINTERGLOWINGHEARTS.COM will do and start selling snowglobes with the words Vancouver - Winter 2010 on them.

If no one hassles you then, yes, you're right; it has nothing to do with you. Please return to your regularly scheduled programming.

Re:That's ok (1)

urbanriot (924981) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212899)

We went through thirteen years of school singing and/or listening to it, how can you not know the words? Seriously, sit there and try, or load up the background music... I bet the words will just come to you.

Re:That's ok (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25213281)

Geeze I'm from Texas and I know the Canadian Anthem, it's the theme to Hockey Night in Canada, right?

Re:That's ok (2, Insightful)

TheLoneDanger (611268) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212969)

Actually, most of us know it in two languages. They just told you that to make you feel better, which was very kind of them.

O Canada! (4, Funny)

KillerBob (217953) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212437)

Hmm... not too keen on them trying to copyright my national anthem... but the copyright on the use of the word "winter", I like. We get too much snow as it is. Mother nature fears a lawsuit...

Re:O Canada! (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25212541)

The Canadian National Anthem is copyrighted by the crown. You are speaking about trademarks, such as the Canadian Flag, which is trademarked by the crown also. To use the Canadian Flag you need to obtain a release from the government, or hope you meet the government's preferences.

Re:O Canada! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25213123)

The Canadian National Anthem is copyrighted by the crown.

Isn't "the crown" a Brit?

Re:O Canada! (2, Funny)

Fnordulicious (85996) | more than 5 years ago | (#25213195)

The Queen of Canada is just as Canadian as Stephen Harper, although she talks kinda strange for a Canadian.

Re:O Canada! (5, Funny)

Aardpig (622459) | more than 5 years ago | (#25213229)

No, the Queen of Canada is Canadian. The Queen of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is British. The Queen of Australia is Australian. Legally, they are three completely separate entities; they just happen to inhabit the same hot body (M'am).

Ok so... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25212445)

"The IOC are a bunch of fascists - with glowing hearts"

How was that? Sue me.

Re:Ok so... (2, Funny)

dgatwood (11270) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212615)

Always fear those with glowing hearts. They might still be radioactive.

Coming (4, Funny)

Rinisari (521266) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212449)

Coming Winter 2010.....

SNOW!

Re:Coming (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25213011)

SNOW! (TM)

Fixed it for you.

Public domain (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25212451)

I hereby claim invention of the phrase 'fuck litigious international committees', and release this phrase into the public domain.

Re:Public domain (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25212833)

Sorry, "international committees" is owned by the IOC. Your phrase is in violation.

The IOC... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25212459)

...are a bunch of hosers, eh?

What I have to say... (4, Insightful)

Secret Rabbit (914973) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212461)

... is that this Canadian and a lot of people that I know will, with glowing hearts, ignore this piece of nonsense on the basis of prior art.

p.s. With the Conservatives in power when this was done, and the fact that they are more than likely to get back in, does anyone think that this will change?

Re:What I have to say... (4, Insightful)

dubbreak (623656) | more than 5 years ago | (#25213037)

Trademark has nothing to do with prior art. That's patents. They aren't attempting to patent the words. It has to do with rights for a certain use of the words. So in this instance the use of "with glowing hearts" in relation to the olympics. If you use the words in other ways commercially that don't attempt to tie into the olympics in any way shape or form, then you are in the safe (the measure is whether you are diluting the brand of the IOC by using the trademarked phrase).

While I don't agree with this TM being granted, I don't really think it limits anyone. Sure Bell can't use the Canadian anthem in a special olympic cell phone deal for the upcoming olympics, but it won't (or shouldn't) affect canadian citizens in general. It does prevent people who attempt to jump on the olympic money wagon for free without paying the IOC fee and possibly goes overboard to affect innocent advertisers that are overly patriotic (pretty rare in Canada compared to the US).

It overly favours the IOC, but the gov't has a lot to gain from that.

Re:What I have to say... (4, Informative)

illegalcortex (1007791) | more than 5 years ago | (#25213071)

Considering they passed a special law, prior art really has nothing to do with it. In the US, the Olympics long ago go a heinous law passed that gave them trademark rights on things you couldn't normally trademark. They didn't go so far as the anthem, but you cannot legally put the name "Olympic" in your business. Who cares of the thousands of years of prior art. This came to my attention when they recently forced the band named the Olympic Hopefuls to change. And it was, unfortunately, all very legal of them to do so.

Here's the law:
http://www.inta.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=187&Itemid=59&getcontent=1 [inta.org]

Here's a story on the band:
http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1507047/20050805/index.jhtml [mtv.com]

Re:What I have to say... (1)

antic (29198) | more than 5 years ago | (#25213141)

"... is that this Canadian and a lot of people that I know will, with glowing hearts, ignore this piece of nonsense on the basis of prior art."

Just looking to clarify - would you say that "2,010 people that you know" will, with glowing hearts, ignore it?

Re:What I have to say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25213285)

...all "winter" long?

Re:What I have to say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25213257)

There's no prior art in copyright. Please review the various different forms of IP law (at least the big 3 that keep coming up: copyright, patents, trademarks) before spouting off nonsense.

Generic terms and even proper names can be trademarked (i.e. Nike, Apple) - I'm not sure about the various intricacies of when they get rejected though. Trademarks are there to ensure that there is no brand confusion and so that companies can maintain their reputation. Thus, generally, trademarks only apply within the product market that the company is involved in - Apple (Beatles label) vs Apple (computers). However, this again oversimplifies the situation.

w*nter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25212463)

So somebody open a ski store have to call it a Coldest Season Sporting Goods store now?

Re:w*nter? (1)

Steauengeglase (512315) | more than 5 years ago | (#25213161)

Honestly, I think I've already seen that.

In Canada snow trademarks you (1)

oceaniv (1243854) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212465)

Take that soviets. Oh and does this mean I can trademark the word "God"? If so I am happy. Otherwise I am going to continue the refrain that our society has officially jumped the shark.

2010 with glowing hearts (5, Funny)

Majik Sheff (930627) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212473)

Please will the insanity stop?

2010 2010 2010

They can kiss my ass with glowing hearts.

Re:2010 with glowing hearts (3, Interesting)

perlchild (582235) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212531)

It will stop when passing legislation this stupid can land them in jail, and not a second before.
I sure hope the estate of Callixa Lavalee(author of the anthem) is listening, and has contacted their lawyers...

Re:2010 with glowing hearts (1, Funny)

Fluffeh (1273756) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212655)

Hmmmm there goes my ideas for making a nuclear apocalypse zombie game that was going to be titled "2010 - with glowing hearts!"

Damn you IOC, spoil my ideas for a zombie fps!

Typical (1)

soundguy (415780) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212475)

Unbridled corporate douchebaggetry

Re:Typical (1)

game kid (805301) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212821)

...with glowing hearts!

Excuse me but... (5, Funny)

GlobalColding (1239712) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212491)

Is it 2010 base 10, or 2010 base 8? 'Cause that still leaves a lot of wiggle room.

Re:Excuse me but... (0, Redundant)

ameline (771895) | more than 5 years ago | (#25213061)

It could be anything base 3 and above...

Anonymous Coward (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25212493)

Oh no!

2010 winter
with glowing hearts afire
I mock Olympics

Re:Anonymous Coward (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25212685)

nice haiku.

Hey IOC... (2, Insightful)

actionbastard (1206160) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212507)

Take off, eh.
Hosers!

Continued IOC Actions Will Engender Public Outrage (1)

hadesan (664029) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212513)

"The IOC, what a bunch of hosers, eh?"

The more exposure the IOC's lawsuits bring to their activities the the more idiotic their actions will be perceived. The lawmakers will eventually cave as the whiplash from the public outrage nails them...

this is retarded (4, Funny)

theheadlessrabbit (1022587) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212557)

so how will counting work with this new trademark in place?

2008
2009 ...
profit!

What about the French Version? (5, Funny)

kaufmanmoore (930593) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212563)

How dare they not consider the French Version on the same level as the English version. This is an insult to Quebec. Its time for revolution! Viva Quebec!

Re:What about the French Version? (4, Funny)

couchslug (175151) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212653)

"Its time for revolution! Viva Quebec!"

French identity must be preserved!
Break out the white banners of victory, and greet the enemy legs akimbo!

Re:What about the French Version? (1, Funny)

Patchw0rk F0g (663145) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212709)

Break out the white banners of victory, and greet the enemy legs akimbo!

I've visited Montreal. That's a disturbing mental visual.

Re:What about the French Version? (4, Informative)

Petrushka (815171) | more than 5 years ago | (#25213261)

"Its time for revolution! Viva Quebec!"

"Car ton bras sait porter l'épée", indeed. (But it might be wise to learn to say that in French ... "Vive le Québec", not "viva".)

Re:What about the French Version? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25212743)

Actually, they [theglobeandmail.com] did [blogspot.com] .
The french motto (also from the anthem): "Des Plus Brillants Exploits" means "Our most glorious deeds"

Re:What about the French Version? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25212753)

Oh, don't worry. "Des plus brillants exploits" was stolen too.

Re:What about the French Version? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25212987)

How dare they not consider the French Version on the same level as the English version. This is an insult to Quebec. Its time for revolution! Viva Quebec!

... There are french Canadians outside Québec... We seem to ALWAYS be forgotten. It gets quite annoying.

Re:What about the French Version? (1)

Fishead (658061) | more than 5 years ago | (#25213277)

I was listening to CBC today, and they mentioned the trademark of the words "with glowing hearts" as well as the french version of these names.

very ghey

Re:What about the French Version? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25213283)

You bastard! It's 'vive', not 'viva'!

Sydney Olympic Games (4, Interesting)

myowntrueself (607117) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212581)

Reminds me of when they found that they could not use the phrase "Sydney Olympic Games" because Mr Syd Games -- Mr Sydney *Olympic* Games -- had registered it as his trademark.

Boy was John Clarke pissed about that.

Re:Sydney Olympic Games (1)

dnoyeb (547705) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212865)

Oh I'm sure they could use it. They just didn't want too. Probably think $$$ is their right and nobody should get in the way of it.

Personally, the olympics suck anyway. Let them keep strangling it. They will only kill it until it can become something for everyone.

Re:Sydney Olympic Games (2, Informative)

myowntrueself (607117) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212973)

sigh

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Games_(Australian_TV_series) [wikipedia.org]

One of the best comedies to come out of Australia ever. Even better than Shark Bay.

John Clarke, easily one of the great 'straight men' of all time:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Clarke_(satirist) [wikipedia.org]

Re:Sydney Olympic Games (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25212999)

The Games was a fantastic TV show.
Good to see similar humour is back with The Hollowmen.

One thought springs to my mind... (0, Redundant)

Lord MuffloN (1310101) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212583)

...what the fuck have happened to the world?

Re:One thought springs to my mind... (1)

Patchw0rk F0g (663145) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212871)

...what the fuck have happened to the world?

Oh, dere's dose "legs akimbo" Quebequois chimin' in again...

Doan worry, leetle Quebequois. We'll keep da wolves from da porte... Join wit us, wee'l keep da IOC on da rocks for da time it takes, eh?

Beat them ... (4, Interesting)

ProfM (91314) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212597)

Quick ... need to trademark all even numbers between 2012 and 2100.

Re:Beat them ... (1)

davester666 (731373) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212741)

I guess I'll take the odd numbers, just for the hell of it...

Re:Beat them ... (1)

thrillseeker (518224) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212831)

I've got all those in between (I'd better start writing 'em down now ...)

i wish i knew sooner... (1)

creativeHavoc (1052138) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212611)

I rushed off to register domain names in protest :D withglowinghearts.ca redirects to one of the worst designed pages ever: "From play to Podium" with no TM noted by any of the text. GoDaddy tells me pretty much every tld is taken. IOC and RIAA have probably shared a couple beers in the past.

Re:i wish i knew sooner... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25213023)

http://withglowinghearts.com/ [withglowinghearts.com] is a Canadian wool-oriented company. The site is Flash hindered and I didn't feel like reading further.

Sung to the lyrics of O Canada (5, Funny)

andreyvul (1176115) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212627)

I O C
Shut the fu-u-uck up!
Go fuck yourselves
You greedy heartless fucks.
With glowing hearts,
We will block your channels
Say goodbye to your ratings!
Fu-u-u-uck you,
I O C_______,
You're the Sciento-lo-gy!
Of organized
Spo-o-o-orts
Shove Winter up your ass 2010 times.
Shove the medals up your ass and go-o broke.

Re:Sung to the lyrics of O Canada (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25212909)

They did this quite a while ago... I'm surprised people are only realizing this now.

Only in America..... (5, Funny)

aingleby (606690) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212637)

.. oh wait ....

Re:Only in America..... (2, Funny)

joneil (677771) | more than 5 years ago | (#25213067)

...actually, yes in America, indirectly. The man who wrote "Oh Canada" first served as a Lieutenant in the Northern Army during the Civil War, a Rhode Island regiment. Perhaps the line "we stand on guard for thee" was somehow inspired or influenced by his military service in the USA. In which case, maybe the US government can claim "prior art" to part of the anthem, and in turn sue the IOC. Just stick the RIAA on the case and see what happens. :)

O, Canada (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25212681)

Our home and trademarked land.

This is pathetic. It's a fricking public domain song, and a national anthem. And WINTER??!!! What, advertisers can't sell "winter tires" anymore, or play "winter sports"? When the weather channel refers to the "winter wonderland" outdoors, will they be in trouble?

"Vancouver organizers have already taken small businesses in the Vancouver area to court for using the word Olympic in their names â" even ones in existence long before the Games were awarded to Vancouver â" and have launched lawsuits against people who've tried to register Olympic-related domain names on the internet."

Even for ones already in existence? That's just low. My heart is not glowing. I am not proud of my country for enabling this IOC nonsense to happen. The government should have told them to choose some other motto, and leave pre-existing businesses alone.

Prior Use... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25212687)

...I think this one will be pretty easy to defeat.

Is the IOC really so powerful.. (5, Interesting)

hedgemage (934558) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212707)

that they are able to subvert the host country's laws so effectively? I know that they have muscled around 'smaller' countries, but I would think that Canada wouldn't be so easily swayed. What am I missing that makes the IOC so powerful? Is it simply the 'investment opportunity' and business that the Olympics bring? Is national pride so easily wounded that we have to kowtow to their every whim? Its no secret that the IOC is incredibly corrupt and profit driven... how come modern democratic states aren't telling them to fuck off and clean up their act? Instead the US, Britain, Canada, etc. seem to be bowing and scraping to meet their every demand.

Re:Is the IOC really so powerful.. (1)

thrillseeker (518224) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212857)

What am I missing that makes the IOC so powerful?

Does Canada have "campaign contributions"?

Re:Is the IOC really so powerful.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25213101)

All politicians are corrupted by a photo opportunity

Re:Is the IOC really so powerful.. (2, Insightful)

illegalcortex (1007791) | more than 5 years ago | (#25213133)

Yes. Money. Yes. Irrelevant. Apathy.

Very funny (2, Informative)

thewils (463314) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212745)

I thought about registering withglowinghearts.com but someone [withglowinghearts.com] beat me to it :)

Re:Very funny (2, Interesting)

dschl (57168) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212841)

And withglowinghearts.ca [withglowinghearts.ca] is also taken. Looks like a site for a book about paralympic athletes. Wonder when (not if) the sick heartless [expletive deleted] at IOC will try and yank the domain.

Re:Very funny (1)

just_another_sean (919159) | more than 5 years ago | (#25213041)

winter2010.com, vancouver2010.com, all taken.

WinterGlowingHearts.com is free! Grab it while you can! :-)

Some chinese company got 2010.com, ha, ha*.

*in my best nelson

Re:Very funny (0)

Scaba (183684) | more than 5 years ago | (#25213217)

withglowinghearts2010.{com,ca} are available - go for it!

Prior art. (4, Insightful)

AJWM (19027) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212825)

The estate of Sir Arthur Clarke and MGM might have a thing or two to say about attempting to claim 2010 [imdb.com] .

Re:Prior art. (1)

dcam (615646) | more than 5 years ago | (#25213171)

I believe trademarks are specific to domain.

Also I thought you couldn't trademark numbers?

Olympics about openness and freedom... (4, Insightful)

Brain Damaged Bogan (1006835) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212845)

can anyone remember when this was true? Certainly not in my lifetime... the IOC seems to be run by bigger arse hats than the RIAA... at least the RIAA haven't started trademarking phrases in lyrics... yet.

Re:Olympics about openness and freedom... (1)

barzok (26681) | more than 5 years ago | (#25213131)

at least the RIAA haven't started trademarking phrases in lyrics

Maybe we should let them, on the condition that they can only do so if they explain the meaning of the lyrics of that song.

Then we'd finally find out WTF Stairway to Heaven is all about, who You're So Vain is about, and WTF a Karma Chameleon is.

Re:Olympics about openness and freedom... (1)

Lord MuffloN (1310101) | more than 5 years ago | (#25213181)

DON'T GIVE THEM ANY IDEAS!!!

Re:Olympics about openness and freedom... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25213211)

"Openness" and "freedom"?

Juan Antonio Samaranch, Fascist (literally!!!!), disagrees with you.

Oooooh.... (1)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212859)

Are "Winter 2010" and "with glowing hearts" the new 09 F9?

Wow, Winter 2010 is shaping up to be really cold. I'm glad I got my firewood in, my family can sit in comfort with glowing hearts in our family room. So bleh.

To the IOC (4, Funny)

SageLikeFool (547462) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212895)

Dear IOC,

FUCK YOU.

With glowing hearts,
Canadian Citizens

Re:To the IOC (1)

GodLogiK (650517) | more than 5 years ago | (#25213009)

most definitely.

Is Kevin McBride available? (2, Funny)

HermDog (24570) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212939)

We can commission him to sue Canada for infringing our dumb law patent. All we have to do is demand $700 billion, and our little banking problem is all cleared up!

Time to bury our heads... (5, Insightful)

mnslinky (1105103) | more than 5 years ago | (#25212977)

I really think it's time to just bury our heads in the sand. This world has become fucking crazy. What happened to common sense? What happened to old-fashioned business? Why can't we trust a smile and a handshake anymore?

I know this sounds a little pie-in-the-sky, but it's how I feel. I run a business. I'm honest. I make enough money for me, my business partner, and our employees. As honestly as I can. Sure, cheap, slimy people sometimes snake a customer away, but the ones to come to us are loyal. Almost crazy loyal. This world is truly getting sad.

Trademark all permutations. (1)

suck_burners_rice (1258684) | more than 5 years ago | (#25213021)

I have a great idea. I'm gonna write a Python script that goes, word for word, through a dictionary file for each of the world's 13 most common languages, and compares each of those words to the list of copyrighted words in each of the world's 20 most influential countries, and automatically spits out a trademark form, completely filled out, in PDF format, for each word that is not already trademarked. Now in just about any lawsuit relating to one of these trademarks, it is pretty obvious that the trademark will be thrown out, so the script will then compute every permutation of 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7-, 8-, 9-, and 10-word phrases that can be constructed with all of these words, and spit out the corresponding trademark forms for them, too. Thus, the trademark system can be completely hijacked and nobody can say any sentence because it will consist entirely of, or contain within it, one of the trademarked phrases.

Re:Trademark all permutations. (1)

kesuki (321456) | more than 5 years ago | (#25213139)

sadly, it's not quite that easy, trademarks are easily denied. however a the IOC is given a lot more room for trademarking that normal people and corporations don't have. also, it cost money to trademark 'everything' it's not quite like copyright where you can copyright 5000 pages for the same price as copyrighting 1 page, at least as far as i know it isn't cheaper to trademark a whole lot of phrases all at once,

they have to make money after all, if they gave a big discount for mass trademarking then where would the revenue come from? apparently to go global with a trademark, that is a separate filing as well..

"Is my trademark registration valid outside the United States?
No. However, if you are a qualified owner of a trademark application pending before the USPTO, or of a registration issued by the USPTO, you may seek registration in any of the countries that have joined the Madrid Protocol by filing a single application, called an "international application," with the he International Bureau of the World Property Intellectual Organization, through the USPTO."

Actually... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25213033)

An article I read about this last week said that the IOC would only seek to prevent people from using it in Olympic-esque aspects. You could still use the phrase for a knitting store (which there is, apparently, somewhere in Ontario), but there would be a problem if that store tried to sell sweaters with the Olympic rings on it, for example.

I don't agree that it's right, but that summary up there's a little wrong.

"With Glowing Hearts" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25213043)

God dammit!

Spielberg has done enough damage with the radio thing, don't give him any more excuses to edit E.T.!

"In the Special Canadian Edition of E.T., due to import restrictions, we've edited the film so that E.T.'s heart leaks green pus instead of gl- er, instead of shining."

I stopped paying attention (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25213081)

Clearly the Olympics isn't about games anymore, that's why I stopped paying attention. I hear more about the crap surrounding it than the games itself. It's not fun anymore.

On related news... (5, Funny)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | more than 5 years ago | (#25213127)

Steven Spielberg has announced a sequel to ET (The Extra-Terrestrial) for release in February 2010.

Tagline:

He is afraid. He is totally alone. He is 3 million light years from home. The IOC is after him...

Olympics = Stupid (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25213143)

The Olympics are for sell outs and commercialization. It baffles me why people still put such high value on this parade of stupidity. I almost feel sorry for the athletes that participate.

It's become such a joke.

this is just sick (1)

canadianbaconm (1166731) | more than 5 years ago | (#25213159)

There is a facebook group that just popped up for this. "The IOC needs to stop trademarking culture!"

Royalty Payment Due (1)

sciop101 (583286) | more than 5 years ago | (#25213197)

Due to non-receipt of royalty payments, you are not licensed for WINTER 2010. Adjust your calendar.

Is "with glowing hearts" a '60s talk or a New Age imagery?

Winter (2, Funny)

tompaulco (629533) | more than 5 years ago | (#25213227)

Winter, winter, winter, winter, winter, 2010, winter, 2010, 2010, winter, Chicago, 2010, winter.

With glowing hearts,
Me.


P.S. IOC, I would be happy to translate this for you in case you can;t figure out my point.
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