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The Olympic Assault on Civil Liberties

Organisers of the 2012 Olympics will be hoping to emulate the street-party atmosphere of Vancouver now that the curtain has come down on the Winter Games and all eyes turn to London. H/t Haddock

Happy street parties like this....

Moves to safeguard company trademarks and stamp out ambush marketing, to preserve the monopoly of official advertisers and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) logo, are raising concerns among civil liberty groups.

Police will have powers to enter private homes and seize posters, and will be able to stop people carrying non-sponsor items to sporting events.
"I think there will be lots of people doing things completely innocently who are going to be caught by this, and some people will be prosecuted, while others will be so angry about it that they will start complaining about civil liberties issues,"

What they have done already is beyond belief - combining the words summer and 2012 is enough to get your door beaten down. And of course we know such powers will never be misused don't we...

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.....

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's going to have to be two One Thousands and Sixes.

Perhaps we will have to give dates as 2011+1 - a campaign to do that could be a good protest but they would then probably arrest you just for that.

I did not follow all the coverage of the Winter Olympics (can we use that word?) but I did not read any reports of heavy handedness by the police there.

I hop back and forth to the UK and Europe routinely (two-three times a year).

But I'm already planning to give London a pass in [insert year here] for the duration of the [insert season here] [insert name of international sports competition here].

I wonder whether the published cost of the junket will take account of the parliamentary and civil service time required to create this pile of overblown, authoritarian bollocks.

I think we may be gaining some insight as to why the American colonists were willing to fight and die to be free from British rule, those many years ago.

what the fuck we are going to call the year between 2011 and 2013

2011a, maybe?

Or perhaps we should take our cue from Hollywood:

2011 Part Two?

The Return of 2011?

Bride of 2011?

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