August 17th, 2005

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The S-word is now "summer", as far as London 2012 is concerned...

The bill up before the British Parliament to guard Olympic-related emblems and other "intellectual property" is pretty darned broad. It forbids the use of the following, among other things, to all but Olympic sponsors:

the interlocking-rings Olympics logo
the Team GB and British Olympic Association logo
the words "Olympic," "Olympiad," and "Olympian"
the phrase "London 2012"
the Olympic motto
the words "games", "summer", "sponsor", "gold", "silver", "bronze", and "2012"

Take a look at this page on the London 2012 website. It says

"For example, without London 2012's written consent, it is unlawful to post the Olympic logo, the London 2012 logo or the mark 'London 2012' on websites, signage, written materials or merchandise."

So...I guess I had better enjoy the rest of the season between spring and fall, and maybe watch Atomic Number 79-finger and read up on the ****** Age while listening to Quick****** Messenger Service.

UPDATE: the explicit list of items doesn't appear to be in the bill itself, as far as I can see. (OTOH, the linked to "explanatory note" says that the details of the restrictions will be left to additional legislation.) The list appears in this BBC news item. So...perhaps they'll retain some level of sanity... or perhaps it will be even worse than reported.

UPDATE2:
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Matt Lauer gets what he deserves...

From NewsBusters via National Review's media blog, the following segment of an interview on Today:

Matt Lauer (after hearing from two soldiers that morale in Iraq is good): Don't get me wrong, I think you're probably telling the truth, but there might be a lot of people at home wondering how that could be possible with the conditions you're facing and with the insurgent attacks you're facing....What would you say to those people who are doubtful that morale could be that high?

Capt. Sherman Powell: Well sir, I'd tell you, if I got my news from the newspapers also I'd be pretty depressed as well!
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