That place that I can’t refer to by name

Posted by Ken Campbell October 6, 2009 2 Comments 774 views

In 1978, Congress passed a law that gave the United States Olympic Committee exclusive control and allowed for trademark of several terms, including Olympic, Olympiad and Paralympic. The committee also has wide latitude to sue for infringement when words are used that it sees as being too similar to the terms it owns.

At the moment, legal struggles have broken out over whether the name of the daily paper in Olympia should be allowed to refer to itself as the “Olympian.” The committee thinks that this “tends to cause confusion or mistake, to deceive, and to falsely suggest a connection.” Furthermore, this similarity threatens the committee’s “relationships with its licensees, its partners and its sponsors, and thereby, its main source of revenue to support U.S. atheletes.”

So say the lawyers.

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