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