Post Tagged with: "ambush marketing"

Controversial Provisions in Olympic Marks Protection Law Expires

The Toronto Sun notes that the controversial provisions in the Olympic marks legislation – enacted to guard against ambush marketing in advance of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics – expired at the end of 2010.  I wrote about the legislation here.

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January 4, 2011 1 comment News

VANOC Looking for Word Watchdog

Fresh off its legislative success, the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee is now looking for a company to "trawl the Internet, scour the media and be on the lookout for any kind of unauthorized use of protected words and symbols."

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July 24, 2007 Comments are Disabled News

Olympic Marks Legislation Passes House of Commons

One day after Bill C-59 cleared the House of Commons (it had first reading in the Senate yesterday), Bill C-47, the Olympic marks bill, also received unanimous approval.  The final bill includes the parody exception and specific protection for the electronic media.  It now moves to the Senate for final […]

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June 15, 2007 Comments are Disabled News

Olympic Marks Bill on the Fast Track

Bill C-47, the government's Olympic marks legislation, has been quietly placed on the fast track.  The very fast track.  With no warning, the bill heads to committee this week with hearings today (Industry Canada, VANOC) and Tuesday (several Olympic athletes and committees, clause by clause).  With clause-by-clause review already on the schedule, the Industry Committee will only conduct a limited review and the bill could head back to the full House of Commons for third and final reading by the end of the week.

I've posted several items about the bill, expressing concern about substantive shortcomings and legislative fairness.  Given the government's determination to fast track this bill, the most that can be done is to suggest some modest reforms to the bill (dropping the bill is out of the question and major surgery is not permitted at this stage).  With that in mind, the Committee should consider recommending at least two changes:

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June 4, 2007 1 comment News

Special Interest Law Undermines the Olympic Spirit

Appeared in the Toronto Star on March 19, 2007 as Bill C-47 Not in the Spirit of Olympics The 2010 Vancouver-Whistler Winter Olympics are still three years away, however over the next few weeks the Games will take centre stage in the House of Commons.  Earlier this month, the Government […]

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March 19, 2007 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive