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Posting Photos of Olympics Could Land You In Court

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the land-you-a-lesson dept.

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hypnosec writes "With London's summer 2012 games due to take place in the very near future, you'd think that organizers would make more of an effort and persuade people to show more of an interest — yet it appears the complete opposite has happened, with strict guidelines banning athletes from posting photos of themselves on Twitter with products that aren't official Olympics sponsors, as well as prohibiting videos or photos to be taken from the athlete's village. Oh and just for good measure, fans could find themselves barred from sharing videos and photos on Facebook and YouTube of themselves delighting in said Olympics action."

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Another (5, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | more than 2 years ago | (#39738913)

reason not to watch the Olympics

Re:Another (3, Insightful)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 2 years ago | (#39738965)

Mod parent up.

If the crazy rules about non-professional professionals and what they do to the cities they visit was not enough here is another good reason to ignore them.

This 21st Century isn't really starting right. (5, Funny)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739071)

Can we all just agree it's 1999 again, and have a "do over"?

Re:This 21st Century isn't really starting right. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39739131)

Relax. That's just when your aspergers set in.

Re:This 21st Century isn't really starting right. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39739167)

Look at it as the end of the 4th Sun of the Mayan Long Day and have a party on the winter solstice. Then start off the 5th Sun in a better way.

Re:This 21st Century isn't really starting right. (4, Funny)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739315)

Huh, it seems the Rapture really did happen... and we are all the remainders just finally starting to notice we are in Hell :P

Re:Another (4, Informative)

poetmatt (793785) | more than 2 years ago | (#39738979)

I never started missing them until they started these ridiculous rules.

Now they're more difficult to find online and less valuable to me as a consumer, as their value is being decreased by the IOC.

Way to go, IOC.

Re:Another (2)

theguyfromsaturn (802938) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739287)

Same thing here. I used to follow the Olympics minute by minute. But I didn't even bother watching a single minute of the last winter Olympics (being canadian and all). The magic is gone (it really hasn't helped that they started showing off the "professional" teams. You don't get the same involvement from those guys. It certainly doesn't feel like it's the most important competition to them, and just got me bored.

I wasn't planning to watch the Olympics anyways, but I'm certainly not moved to changed my mind by these rulings.

Re:Another (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39739299)

I started losing interest when they decided to stagger summer and winter olympics to increase revenues. Then there was hearing how they make boatloads of money and yet host cities can easily find themselves in the hole. Then there's messing around with unpaid athletes and controlling what they say because they might make some actual money instead of it all going to management.
 
Now I've started taking a major interest in participating in one of the sports (not at an Olympic level, mind you), and have come to realize that the anti-drug stance is a complete joke. Olympic hopefuls have absolutely no required tests except for a period just before the contest, so countries like Russia and China have three and a half years of steroids and HGH and whatever else they want to give them more time to practice while many other countries' programs have legitimate randomized testing year-in and year-out that catches people who somehow think they beat the system. It's pretty amazing countries like the U.S.A. get more than a medal or two per Olympics.

Re:Another (1)

blind biker (1066130) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739035)

I haven't watched the Olympic games .. shit, I don't even remember when I watched them the last time. I vaguely remember watching the games in Moscow.

I really couldn't get over the corporate crap and the whole irrelevance whether this or that country won. Who really gives a shit?

Re:Another (1)

donaggie03 (769758) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739155)

The last time I watched the olympics, it was 1996, I was 16, and Dominique Moceanu was very much a cutie.

Re:Another (1)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739505)

>>>Dominique Moceanu was very much a cutie.

Shannon Miller was cuter. ;-)

I remember the 1996 U.S. olympics were criticized for being too commercialized (corporate sponsorship made it the only Olympics that gained a profit). But now it sounds like the UK will eclipse 1996 with its takeover by the corporate copyright police.

Re:Another (4, Interesting)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739281)

I watched the 2010 Winter Olympics. All of them, as much as I could, in HD on my new TV.

Why? Because as a BC resident, I was going to be footing the FOUR BILLION DOLLAR bill for the rest of my working life. I figured I damned well should watch the spectacle. From the building of the Canada Line to the dead Romanian; from the the failed moving torch to the helicoptering in of snow from other locales to the demolition of the athlete's housing and their reappearance as low-income housing down the street (which, by the way, I think was one good thing to come out of Those Damned Games.), I saw the entire lifecycle.

For what it's worth, I don't really understand the obsession people have with sports. It's like I've got a kind of colour blindness or something.

Re:Another (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739557)

which, by the way, I think was one good thing to come out of Those Damned Games.

Hey, Canada Line is handy, too.

(speaking as someone who lived in Richmond and worked in downtown when it had been built)

Re:Another (1)

ctaylor (160829) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739041)

Like we needed another reason?

Re:Another (1)

QuasiSteve (2042606) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739049)

I don't think I've actually watched an Olympic Games sports* event since I was 12.

Aside from the ridiculous rules, the insane costs, the fact that the country's representatives are not necessarily their best, the presence of 'team' sports, the use of pools (the competition form, not the bodies-of-water) in some sports events, etc. have long put me off watching.

* But I still watch the opening and closing ceremonies.
I guess it's not entirely dissimilar to people who watch the SuperBowl for the commercials/halftime show, rather than for the football game.

Re:Another (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739169)

Last time the olympics came around, I tried to watch them online. No deal.

I assume pirate bay will help me if I want to watch them this time around.

Re:Another (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39739263)

+1

de Coubertin would be rolling in his grave.

I won't be watching the Olympics. Its just not worth it anymore.
It has become a purely $ game.

Re:Another (1, Interesting)

DdJ (10790) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739265)

Yeup. The last time I willingly watched the olympics, the year was 1976. I don't see that changing this time around.

Re:Another (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39739347)

Yup.

I mean, does anyone REALLY want to watch day after day of a huge advertising blitz, briefly interrupted by clips of people running and jumping?

Not me.

Re:Another (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39739567)

I don't care about professional sports and I don't care about most amateur sports and I don't care about the Olympics. The Olympics are basically a global versionof building an arena in your city so your population is too busy cheering on some bunch of idiots in football helmets or basketball shorts an investing their personal worth in their success to bother noticing the failures of government and society around them and do something about it.

That isn't to say that I've always hated the Olympics. I mean, I really liked them at one point. Of course, I was also fourteen years old and it was 1992 . . . and that was the last time I watched.

How's that for promoting international cooperation (5, Interesting)

killfixx (148785) | more than 2 years ago | (#39738947)

and goodwill...

Thank you for hosting the Olympics, now please cower in fear of the copyright police.

I appreciate the Olympics, but I'm not giving up my rights just because my country is hosting them.

No thanks.

Re:How's that for promoting international cooperat (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39739161)

I appreciate the Olympians. Fuck the Olympics.

Re:How's that for promoting international cooperat (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39739343)

and goodwill...

No, nationalism and the anything-to-win mentality.

Re:How's that for promoting international cooperat (5, Insightful)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739579)

What sounds completely insane to me is that UK actually had to create special new laws regarding copyright etc in the context of the Olympics for the benefit of IOC here. Do countries really value their sovereignty so little?

they're still going on? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39738969)

i thought the olympics were cancelled when we realized black people won every event

Re:they're still going on? (0)

busyqth (2566075) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739123)

i thought the olympics were cancelled when we realized black people won every event

Ice dancing?

I feel sorry for the athletes but... (5, Insightful)

oraclese (1039520) | more than 2 years ago | (#39738973)

fuck the olympics. It's become exactly what it isn't supposed to be: a corporate circle-jerk to exploit potential for advertising revenue. The athletes come second, if they are lucky.

My first reaction... (5, Insightful)

multiben (1916126) | more than 2 years ago | (#39738981)

...was bullshit. That can't be right. Then I RTFA. Holy shit! Way to go London - bring that Orwellian dream to life!

Re:My first reaction... (4, Insightful)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739099)

Remember this is the same country that wants to apply censorship to the internet by default.

Maybe you should write to your MP and even see if the European parliament considers this legal.

Re:My first reaction... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39739269)

the fact that the summer games are in london has nothing to do with it. policies are set by the IOC -- there just happens to be some laws on the books to enforce those policies.

Re:My first reaction... (4, Informative)

azzy (86427) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739359)

The UK were essentially forced to pass the legislation - else they couldn't get to host the Olympics. For anyone interested http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2011/22/contents [legislation.gov.uk] is a good place to start looking.

Re:My first reaction... (1)

azzy (86427) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739393)

and even better The Olympics, Paralympics and London Olympics Association Rights (Infringement Proceedings) Regulations 2010 - http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2010/2477/contents/made [legislation.gov.uk]

Re:My first reaction... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39739547)

The UK were essentially forced to pass the legislation - else they couldn't get to host the Olympics.

Forced? The UK is a sovereign nation. They could have responded with "oh, I guess we won't sponsor the olympics then". If they feel forced by the fucking IOC then they're not going to stand much chance against anyone with an army.

Empty Threat? (4, Insightful)

alostpacket (1972110) | more than 2 years ago | (#39738993)

I'd love to see them try to actually take someone to court over this.

Re:Empty Threat? (1)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739135)

Flash crowd photo taking. Make enough noise to make people talk about the issue?

Threat 0 Money$ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39739405)

The likelihood will be proportionate to the amount of money generated by the images. If you really want to see them try, then generate some revenue from anything involving the Olympics and see how long it takes for you to get a cease and desist letter.

Dear Olympics Committee (5, Interesting)

whistlingtony (691548) | more than 2 years ago | (#39738995)

!@#$ you. No Really. !@#$ you.

An event dedicated to showcasing the heights of human athleticism, and you've turned it into a cheap money making operation for yourself. You Suck. I will not be watching the olympics.

Re:Dear Olympics Committee (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39739087)

Shift 1234 you? Seems like a hollow statement.

Re:Dear Olympics Committee (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39739247)

It was mostly symbolic

Re:Dear Olympics Committee (2)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739453)

It's OK, this is the internet. We can swear here.

See? Fuck shitty crap dammit fuck. ... I'm still here! Nothing bad happened.

Re:Dear Olympics Committee (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39739525)

Actually he's just another Londoner, you see it's become Internet Standard over there to censor all foul language unless you opt-in to use it (additional fees may apply).

Re:Dear Olympics Committee (1)

Zocalo (252965) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739509)

Yep, three symbols and one punctuation mark.

Re:Dear Olympics Committee (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39739257)

Watch your language, jerk!

Re:Dear Olympics Committee (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39739465)

I think he meant fuck you

could end land you (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39738997)

...could end land... doesn't make sense. maybe i am too dense.

Re:could end land you (1)

issicus (2031176) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739053)

"End Land" coming in 2013

End Land? (1, Funny)

thestudio_bob (894258) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739001)

Posting Photos of Olympics Could End Land You In Court

What's an End Land?

Re:End Land? (1)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739217)

Posting Photos of Olympics Could End Land You In Court

What's an End Land?

The place where people who have nothing better to do but get worked up over pedestrian typos go to live.

Re:End Land? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39739235)

It's the little pointy bit at the south west of Britain.

T'is apparently a weird place, not at all like the rest of Britain. Almost a country in itself.
Weird things happen there.

Re:End Land? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39739241)

It's a typo. They meant "... England you in court" like Richard O'Dwyer.

Re:End Land? (2)

Anubis IV (1279820) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739261)

It's the place where the Enderdragon exists in Minecraft, right? Right?

Re:End Land? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39739411)

"What's an End Land?"

http://www.landsend.com/ [landsend.com]

Re:End Land? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39739413)

It's this: https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Land%27s+End,+Penzance,+United+Kingdom&hl=en&ll=50.065707,-5.711346&spn=0.022947,0.055747&sll=50.065679,-5.711346&sspn=0.022947,0.055747&oq=land%27s+end,+pen&t=h&hq=Land%27s+End,+Penzance,+United+Kingdom&z=15

Re:End Land? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39739533)

EndLand, you know, that piece of land with London

End land you in court (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39739005)

How does one end land in court? Ah, slashdot editors

olympics are passe (2, Interesting)

Surt (22457) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739009)

No one under 30 cares. It's been xgames where the real athletes compete for more than a decade at this point.

Re:olympics are passe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39739243)

I'm 25 and I have loved watching the Olympics my whole life

Re:olympics are passe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39739403)

It's been xgames where the people under 30 think they matter for more than a decade at this point.

Ftfy.

Re:olympics are passe (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39739421)

No one under 30 cares.

False. We have been following Olympic beach volleyball.

Re:olympics are passe (1)

dfghjk (711126) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739461)

I suspect people under 30 care more than people over 30.

Re:olympics are passe (4, Interesting)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739589)

The what games?

I have watched the games ever since 1992 (Barcelona?). Back then I setup a VCR to tape everything and watch it the next day, because I was on night shift. Now I use an analog DVR (replayTV).

The Olympics are the only form of sport I ever watch, because there's lots of variety, and these are the world's best athletes. Could care less about football, baseball, et cetera. So once every 2 years I watch sports.

Re:olympics are passe (1)

MarcoAtWork (28889) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739615)

It's been xgames where the real athletes compete for more than a decade at this point.

you are right, I remember Michael Phelps really laying it down in the 200m freestyle, amazing how he could swim so fast in that snow powder filled pool, will be interesting to see the event this year without being allowed to wear those floating balloon suits...

and let's not forget Usain Bolt's great 100m-200m double, the snowshoes he wore were really cool!

oh, wait...

how is this legal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39739021)

Is there any actual legal basis for this? Especially concerning spectators?

Re:how is this legal? (2)

donaggie03 (769758) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739207)

Probably fine print on the back of an admission ticket, or fine print posted near the door to the facility, or some other such b.s.

Re:how is this legal? (4, Informative)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739609)

TFA:

"In 2006, accordingly, parliament passed the London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act, which, together with the Olympic Symbol (Protection) Act of 1995, offers a special level of protection to the Games and their sponsors over and above that already promised by existing copyright or contract law. A breach of these acts will not only give rise to a civil grievance, but is a criminal offence."

Good luck policing that... (1)

DontBlameCanada (1325547) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739027)

The courts will be so completely swamped they'll be backed up for years and real criminals will go free due to extreme delays in getting a fair trial.

My guess is any charges of this sort will be tossed out.

Just kidding guys... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39739031)

you can post as many pictures as you want! (As long as they are taken with a Canon brand camera.)

Just like Burning Man (4, Insightful)

bandy (99800) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739037)

All your images are owned by us. God, I love the Corporatocracy.

Really? (5, Insightful)

Fishbulb (32296) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739047)

Are they completely ignorant of the ubiquity of cameras today? Forget the fact that most of those cameras are attached to something that can easily upload images to the world at large.

This deserves a flash-mob style constant bombardment of images from the Olympics being uploaded during the games. Even if we get bored to tears of the sheer volume of Olympics photos uploaded, just overwhelm them with the obviousness of their own stupidity.

How else will they be able to raise enough money? (2)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739055)

How else will they be able to raise enough money to pay the athletes AND the various big name "non-profit" figures that need to get their cut from these games?

Care? (4, Insightful)

WillyWanker (1502057) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739065)

Does anyone even care about the Olympics anymore?

Re:Care? (4, Insightful)

NonUniqueNickname (1459477) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739633)

Does anyone even care about the Olympics anymore?

The athletes? Their families? Friends? Nations? In places where corporate sponsorships and performance-enchancing drugs aren't common, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to earn a place among the world's best. Hard work and dedication are still admired world-wide.

So let's see... (4, Informative)

tekrat (242117) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739081)

I'm an American. In order to attend the Olympics, I have to be stripped naked and groped in order to get on the airplane. Anything I do during this procedure that is not ordered by the goon squad is likely to have me arrested, where I can be strip searched again in Jail.

When and if I get on a plane, anything of value in my luggage, such as ipods, cameras, and laptops are likely to be stolen by the baggage handlers, who are not searched and groped by the TSA, apparently.

When and if I land in London, I'm likely to be searched again, what for, who the hell knows, but apparently it's standard procedure. At this point, I discover I've been robbed, but there's no way to file a claim, and yelling about it is just likely to get me arrested.

And when I attend the games, I'm going to be sued for using my eyes and brain as a copyright infringement device, assuming I haven't shelled out for a new camera to replace the one that's stolen. And I would have to post the pictures to the internet, because I can't keep them in the flashcard of the camera, because that will be stolen on the return trip (or confiscated by customs).

Yeah, let me see... Nope, I don't think I will be attending the games, or even watching on TV. Because who knows, they might sue me for watching it on TV. It's going to happen sooner or later, who wants to be the first test case?

Re:So let's see... (1)

multiben (1916126) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739215)

I am going to report this comment to the police. How dare you discuss the olympics without permission!

Re:So let's see... (4, Informative)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739475)

When and if I get on a plane, anything of value in my luggage, such as ipods, cameras, and laptops are likely to be stolen by the baggage handlers, who are not searched and groped by the TSA, apparently.

Fuck you. I am working part time right now as a baggage handler while I finish graduate school, and I can tell you that the last thing any of us want to do is stop and dig through each and every one of the 100 bags we handle at a time to dig through them looking for expensive electronics. Do you like handling other peoples' dirty laundry? Never mind that fact that we are already overworked and barely have time to do our jobs anyway, or that stealing is both wrong and illegal. We're out there in the heat, the rain, the cold, the snow. We couldn't give a shit what's in your bag, we just want to get done and go home. So, again, fuck you. My karma can take a hit.

Re:So let's see... (1, Informative)

couchslug (175151) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739581)

I'm an American, and wouldn't attend the Olympics if I had free tickets and a chartered jet.

Jocks. So what? Yawn.

The way to defund such things is not to try to find ways to support them.

The Olympics are in London this year? (2)

Animats (122034) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739083)

The Olympics are in London this year? I knew there was an Olympics in London coming up, because huge cost overruns have been in the news. But I thought it was years in the future.

Retarded British Authorities (1)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739097)

The British Authorities are just retarded when it comes to taking private photographs in public spaces and doing what you wish with them afterwards. Oh they talk a good game about the right to take pictures in public -- and a lot of photographers have been arrested on trumped up flimsy charges in the process. Truth is, the police can cause you a great deal of trouble, and destroy your pictures and cameras in the process, while being completely in the wrong from the absolute beginning.

Re:Retarded British Authorities (3, Insightful)

donaggie03 (769758) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739239)

Welcome to America . . wait . . .

Re:Retarded British Authorities (1)

mark-t (151149) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739541)

How do they destroy digital pictures that have been uploaded elsewhere moments after taking the photos?

This shit is still news? (2)

Arancaytar (966377) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739103)

They do this every fucking two years, and yet people pretend the Olympics and the IOC are still relevant.

Olympawhat? (0)

Roogna (9643) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739105)

Wow, they still put those on? Who knew. I haven't watched since the early 90s.

Re:Olympawhat? (1)

who_stole_my_kidneys (1956012) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739197)

I thought it was just an advertisement for Coke, who thought people actually competed in these things.

I will actively promote boycotting (0)

Spiked_Three (626260) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739107)

Not that I planned on watching these over hyped corporate marketing efforts, but this seals the END for me.

If they can ban taking pictures, there are only steps away from controlling what you can look at, even if it is in public. The terrorist have completely won, and are being courted by the corporations. I surrender. What 16th century fiction novel must I read and obey?

Re:I will actively promote boycotting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39739255)

How about The Mirror for Magistrates?

Olympics are not about sport (2)

ozduo (2043408) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739177)

politics aside, they have always been about making money

Re:Olympics are not about sport (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39739645)

"politics aside, they have always been about making money"

It's for old people who still watch TV.

Cue Olympic Trolling Memes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39739209)

So what happens when people anonymously post to a sharing site (under a fake account) such as flickr, tumblr, picasa, etc with a digitally altered picture of (for example) a female long jump athlete in flight with a big Tampax logo captioned "Now with wings" and there you share it again via facebook/tumblr. Then it goes viral.

Who do they go for over copyright? The athlete? The facebook/tumblr account holder? Facebook? I don't think so.

If the IOC et. al. are going to be dickheads about this then people will react accordingly just to piss them off, be nice and people will embrace it and we'll all be one. The payoff in being nice for IOC etc. is a whole bunch of FREE advertising via social media.

This adds fuel to the fire over criticisms of how corrupt the IOC is in handing out games' rights (much like FIFA) and hammering anyone who might actually take an interest in the games.

Where is the list? (4, Funny)

dohnut (189348) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739361)

Does the IOC maintain a list of the "Official ____ of the Olympics" products?

I want to be on the winning team and buy all of the products that our fine athletes will be pimping non-stop between now and the next Olympics.

Specifically, I need to know which companies they have chosen for the "official" toilet paper, ball-point pen, aerosol cheese product and galvanized roofing nails.

TIA!

No surprise here (3, Informative)

DirkBalognapantz (609779) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739365)

This doesn’t surprise me based on how over-controlling the International Olympic Committee is. For instance, I used to work for a finance company that had the word “Olympic” in it. Their Lawyers threatened the company, so they had to change it to “Arcadia”. You can not use the word “Olympic” in anything due to their trademark on the word. I have even seen a couple business signs with the word “Olympic” painted over with another name. Before then, I was under the silly impression that the word “Olympic” wasn’t anyone’s property. They will come after you at night wearing togas and carrying torches.

Slight Irony? (1)

trancemission (823050) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739371)

Isn't the Olympics about 'amateur' athletes?

Excuse my ignorance.

The Brits will royally screw this one up methinks. (5, Interesting)

dryriver (1010635) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739377)

London 2012 is going to be a farcical affair for start to finish. London traffic is already heavily congested without a major event taking place. With London 2012, its going to be nearly impossible to get around the Capital without getting stuck, stuck, stuck everywhere. Then, there's going to be a ridiculous amount of security all over the Olympics. Thousands of policemen. Helicopters in the sky. Boats out on the Thames. B-sniffing dogs. Biometric (face-recognizing) CCTV cameras anywhere. Then there's the hullaballoo about taking pictures. London 2012 security has been harrassing anyone who takes pictures of Olympics facilities, even from a far distance away (like a Kilometer or Mile), and from public land. Now there's this whole nonsense about only official Olympic sponsors being able to reference the 2012 Olympics, Olympic athletes being banned from tweeting or commenting about the competitions, people watching the Olympics not being allowed to share pictures or videos online. The whole thing is a big, stinking mess before it has even started. Good luck, London. With organizers like these, you'll need it.

Re:The Brits will royally screw this one up methin (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39739569)

Except lots of people are avoiding travel to London or leaving London for the duration if they live there; various traditional tourist destinations (theatres, etc) have been complaining about lack of bookings. It may well be less congested because of the Olympics.

Fuck 'em! (5, Interesting)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739387)

They occasionally try to sue business with "Olympic" in their name. It has happened several times here in Washington State, where we have a large chunk of the state called the "Olympic Peninsula", and thus a lot of businesses with "Olympic" in their name. A few years ago they tried to tell some dry cleaner out in Port Angeles (in the Olympic Peninsula) that they could not call themselves the "Olympic Cleaners".

Fuck 'em.

Waste of Money (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39739399)

What a waste of money. Seriously good luck stopping fans posting images and videos to the "INTERNET"! That's like stopping everyone in London to not check the time.

Every athlete (2)

future assassin (639396) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739415)

should post a photo/break the fule. What are they gonna dom ban everyone or even 1/4 of the athletes?

"We own all photons reflected from these events!" (2)

mykos (1627575) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739437)

This is the craziest shit I ever heard

Bribes (4, Interesting)

Wowsers (1151731) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739535)

It's a well known (documented) that the London bid team gave bribes to the IoC to win the bid. Strange how not one person from the IoC or the London politicians are in prison. Better throw people in courts for photographing, that'll show those pesky taxpayers who footed the £10bn ($15bn) and rising bill.

Just to add some detail to the "London" Olympics, the BBC has gutted their sports presentation for this event. They've lost half the Formula One coverage (with it going completely on contract end), and recently horse racing, and other sports too just to pay for the Olympics coverage. So while people wonder why for the next few years there will be no sports to watch on the BBC, they can reminisce on the 20-ish days of political jerk-off "sport" they didn't watch for the Olympics.

How do they enforce this, exactly? (1)

mark-t (151149) | more than 2 years ago | (#39739653)

I mean, I suppose they can disqualify any athlete who violates the rules, but what do they do with a fan?

In particular, what do they do with a fan from out of the country who attends the opening ceremonies, takes photos, and then returns home to upload them to his website or blog? The person's already out of the country, so what could they do?

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