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Olympic Committe Stupidity In Canada


Posted by Non-Hamster on October 2nd, 2008

I just saw this on Boing Boing and had to comment about the unmitigated gall displayed by the International Olympic Committee's latest example of what surely has to be severe brain damage.

Specifically The IOC has trademarked a line from the Canadian national anthem, "with glowing hearts,".  They've also trademarked other words, which normally couldn't be trademarked simply because they're commonly used in ordinary speech.  Things like "Winter" and "2010" are among the words trademarked.

I suppose that tourists should think twice about bringing Olympus digital cameras to the games because the IOC goons might confiscate it because the name sounds related to something Olympic and we just couldn't stand to have ordinary folks go about their business without the IOC's approval.

Hold the phone!  You can't do that.  For one thing, according to a Canadian heritage site

Commercial use

"O Canada" and "God Save The Queen" are in the public domain and may be used without having to obtain permission from the Government.

I am not a hamster OR a lawyer but I can tell you that this just isn't right.  However because the IOC is so serious about protecting the Olympic brand it managed to bully (using power? money? bribes? and who knows what other kinds of crap?) the Canadian House of Commons into passing legislation last year that made using certain phrases related to the Games a violation of the law.

As a result of this stupidity, the IOC is now threatening to sue anyone who uses the line in Canada as part of the Vancouver games in 2010.

Y'know what I think?  I think that the IOC has it's collective heads stuck so far where the sun don't shine that they can see their own breakfast!  The Canadian House of Commons is probably in a similar state if they allowed such a crap piece of legislation to be passed in the first place.  That law needs to be repealed immediately and those responsible for passing it voted out of office or impeached.

In the mean time, I think that patriotic Canadians every where should post, wear, publish, etc, the Lyrics to their national anthem all over the place.  Especially in Vancouver.  It should be printed out and posted on every telephone pole, door, street sign and t-shirt within miles of the IOC offices and the site of the games themselves.

I took the time to look up the lyrics, in English:

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love
in all thy sons command.

With glowing hearts
we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!

From far and wide,
O Canada,
we stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land
glorious and free!
O Canada,
we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada,
we stand on guard for thee.

and in French:

O Canada!
Terre de nos aïeux,
Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux.

Car ton bras sait porter l'épée,
Il sait porter la croix.

Ton histoire est une épopée,
Des plus brillants exploits.

Et ta valeur, de foi trempée,
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.

Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.

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