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Saturday, 21 August 2004

OLYMPIANS SEEK LEGAL PROTECTION AGAINST CARTOON CONDOMS

Ananova reports that the Athens 2004 Olympic Committee wants the Greek version of Playboy magazine removed from the news stands. The offending publication contains unauthorised allusion to the Olympics ( for example "2004 seconds of ecstasy" and "Go for a Sexathon gold") as well as a cartoon illustration of the Olympic symbol made up of condoms. The magazine is reportedly selling well. Said a spokesman for Athens 2004:

"The issue at stake here is the protection of the Olympic symbols. There is nothing unusual about this type of action".
The IPKat wonders if it isn't about time the Olympic symbol was taken away from the International Olympic Committee and given back to ordinary people. That way its tacky overcommercialisation might be reduced and people could again use the word in its descriptive or generic sense without worrying about being sued all the time.

Nairobi Treaty on the Protection of the Olympic Symbol here
Olympic humour here and here
Olympic recipes here and here

1 comment:

bc said...

I think they don't have a sense of humor :)

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