Too Funny - “Sumi”

There hasn’t been a new posting on for a while now, but they sure cracked me up with their posting just a bit ago Truth in trademarking.

Luckily, the Olympic and Paralypic Marks Act is not yet in force (as far as I’m aware), so I think we’re still safe to refer to the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) to note that it recently unveiled new mascots, including one who’s named Sumi.

The terms “Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games” and “VANOC” are deemed to be Olympic or Paralympic marks (until December 31, 2010), whose adoption or use by a person in connection with a business, as a trade-mark or otherwise, is prohibited by the Act (with some exceptions).

For some background on VANOC and the Olympic and Paralypic Marks Act see Micheal Geist’s posting entitled Should the Vancouver Olympic Organizers Own “Winter”? or Clark Wilson LLP’s posts Olympic Trademark Legislation and Olympic Trademark Legislation Closer to Becoming Law.

Considering that this Olympic Marks Bill was on the Fast Track, I’m actually surprised that it has not yet come into force (through order of the Governor in Council, as required by section 15 of the Act).

As a side note, I’m seeing some similarities with VANOC’s web linking policy to those of Captain Copyright back in 2006, including that VANOC prohibits a linking website from having materials that are harmful to the Olympic Movement and that VANOC reserves the right to deny or rescind permission to link to their website for any reason in their sole and absolute discretion.

See Howard Knopf’s posting Linking to Access Copyright as well as Michael’s Captain Copyright and the Case of the Critical Link.

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