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I have an idea for a play for school and want to use the Olympic logo? Is there a problem?

Yes potentially. The Games' Marks are legally protected by a variety of means. Some are registered trademarks, and some have copyright protection.

In the UK special laws have been passed to give extra protection to some of the Games' Marks:

The Olympic Symbol etc. (Protection) Act 1995 (OSPA) protects the Olympic and Paralympic symbols, mottos and various words.

Added protection is provided by the London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act 2006 (the ‘2006 Act’). This prevents the creation of an unauthorised association between people, goods or services and London 2012.

You will need to seek permission to use their logos.

The logos and marks that are specifically protected as well as their derivative are

  •  The Olympic symbol
  •  The Paralympic symbol
  •  The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic emblems
  •  The words ‘London 2012’ and ‘2012’
  •  The words ‘Olympic’, ‘Olympiad’, ‘Olympian’ (and their plurals and things very similar to them – eg ‘Olympix’
  •  The words ‘Paralympic’, ‘Paralympiad’, ‘Paralympian’ and their plurals and things very similar to them – eg ‘Paralympix’
  •  The Olympic motto: ‘Citius Altius Fortius’ / ‘Faster Higher Stronger’
  •  The Paralympic motto: ‘Spirit in Motion’
  •  The Team GB logo
  •  The Paralympics GB logo
  •  The British Olympic Association logo
  •  The British Paralympic Association logo

Please see the following guidelines
Download an overview of the official Games' Marks (PDF, 116kB)
Download the ‘London 2012 Brand Protection – Information for Businesses’ booklet (PDF,1.56MB)
Download the ‘London 2012 Brand Protection – Information for Non-commercial Organisations’ booklet (PDF, 1.24MB)
Download detailed information on the London 2012 Organising Committee’s Statutory Marketing Rights (PDF, 492kB)

Michael Coyle

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Lawdit Solicitors offer services and advice for litigation, commercial contracts, Intellectual Property and IT legal agreements. We are experts in commercial law with a heavy emphasis on Intellectual Property, Internet and e-commerce law. Lawdit is a member of the International Trademark Association, the Solicitors' Association of Higher Court Advocates and we are the appointed Solicitors to the largest webdesign association in the world, the United Kingdom Website Designers Association.

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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2007-09-05 22:32:44 in Legal Articles

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