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March 6, 2010

THINGS THAT NOT EVEN ORWELL THOUGHT OF

REUTERS - [British Olympic] moves to safeguard company trademarks and stamp out ambush marketing, to preserve the monopoly of official advertisers and the International Olympic Committee 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," [Simon Chadwick, professor of sport business strategy and marketing at Coventry University Business School] said.

"I think what it will potentially do is to prompt a debate about the commercial nature of the Games. Do big sponsors have too much influence over the Games?"


2 Comments:

Anonymous Deport Dick Button said...

For years I've been referring to this corporate joke as the Opimpics.

March 6, 2010 6:22 PM  
Anonymous MonkeyMuffins said...

I can't decide which is more disturbing, Big Brother invading private residences to confiscate posters and forcing people to carry sponsor-sanctioned-only-items at events, or the seriously freaky fact that someone is employed as a "professor of sport business strategy and marketing".

That's just weird beyond measure.

March 6, 2010 10:10 PM  

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