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The Twenty Twelve Gold Mine Protection Racket

London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act 2006

1 (1) There shall be a right, to be known as the London Olympics association right, which shall confer exclusive rights in relation to the use of any representation (of any kind)...

For the purpose of considering whether a person has infringed the London Olympics association right a court may, in particular, take account of his use of a combination of expressions of a kind specified in sub-paragraph (2).

(2) The combinations referred to in sub-paragraph (1) are combinations of-

(a) any of the expressions in the first group, with

(b) any of the expressions in the second group or any of the other expressions in the first group.

(3) The following expressions form the first group for the purposes of sub-paragraph (2)-

(a) "games",

(b) "Two Thousand and Twelve",

(c) "2012", and

(d) "twenty twelve".

(4) The following expressions form the second group for the purposes of sub-paragraph (2)-

(a) gold,

(b) silver,

(c) bronze,

(d) London,

(e) medals,

(f) sponsor, and

(g) summer.

(5) It is immaterial for the purposes of this paragraph whether or not a word is written wholly or partly in capital letters.

(6) The Secretary of State may by order add, remove or vary an entry in either group of expressions.....

22 Enforcement: power of entry

(1) A constable or enforcement officer may-

(a) enter land or premises on which they reasonably believe a contravention of regulations under section 19 is occurring (whether by reason of advertising on that land or premises or by the use of that land or premises to cause an advertisement to appear elsewhere);

(b) remove, destroy, conceal or erase any infringing article;

(c) when entering land under paragraph (a), be accompanied by one or more persons for the purpose of taking action under paragraph (b);

(d) use, or authorise the use of, reasonable force for the purpose of taking action under this subsection.....

So mention the "Summer of 2012" in the wrong way and the Rozzers will be breaking down your door....

And don't forget that "2012" is a registered trademark, so what the fuck we are going to call the year between 2011 and 2013 is beyond me.

It is all about "Respect the Games' Marks" and other waffle dreamt up by Wolff Olins who seem to have several different websites:

The flashy one - http://www.wolff-olins.com/
The boring one - http://www.wolff-olins.com/newsandpress.htm which has a homelink -http://www.wolff-olins.com/index.htm which is broken, though they do have a version of it which sums up all their brand awareness and expertise... http://www.wolff-olins.com/text_index.htm.


Quite apart from anything else, do our legislators really have nothing better to do than this?

This all assumes that some business wants to be associated with the 2012 Olympics.

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