Post Tagged with: "olympics"

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 Must Reads

City Of London Plans City-Wide Wifi

The City of London (England) has announced plans to install city-wide wifi in time for the 2012 Olympics.

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May 19, 2010 2 comments Must Reads

IOC Approves Athlete Blogging Policy for Vancouver 2010 Games

The Sports Journalists' Association reports that the International Olympic Committee has issued a four-page guide that permits the athlete blogs at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games.  The rules include a broad range of restrictions, including no sound, video, photographs of Olympic action or medal ceremonies, no interviews or news about […]

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May 14, 2009 2 comments Must Reads

IOC to Drop Athlete Blogging Ban

Earlier this month, I wrote about sports and the Internet, pointing to restrictions by the International Olympic Committee that blocked athletes from blogging under threat of disqualification.  Peter Black provides word that that the IOC appears ready to change its policy and will now allow athletes to blog at the […]

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July 25, 2007 3 comments Must Reads

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