Here is something for the lawyers out there!! I presently own domain name www.olympicribs.co.uk
and intended to develop this for the Weymouth and Bray events, BUT here is the mess which I have cut from the 2012olympic site on branding- This sets out what can and cant be used:- BIT LONG WINDED http://www.london2012.com/about/our-...-the-brand.php
"All of the official names, phrases, trade marks, logos and designs related to the 2012 Games and the Olympic and Paralympic movements (collectively referred to as the ‘Games' Marks’) are protected by the law in a variety of ways.
The following are some of the current items that make up the Games' Marks:
•The Olympic symbol
•The Paralympic symbol
•The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic emblems
•The words ‘London 2012’ and ‘2012’
•The words ‘Olympic’, ‘Olympiad’, ‘Olympian’ (and their plurals and things very similar to them – eg ‘Olympix’
•The words ‘Paralympic’, ‘Paralympiad’, ‘Paralympian’ and their plurals and things very similar to them – eg ‘Paralympix’
•The Olympic motto: ‘Citius Altius Fortius’ / ‘Faster Higher Stronger’
•The Paralympic motto: ‘Spirit in Motion’
•The Team GB logo
•The Paralympics GB logo
•The British Olympic Association logo
•The British Paralympic Association logo
•London2012.com (and various derivatives)
How are the Games' Marks protected?
The Games' Marks are legally protected by a variety of means. Some are registered trademarks, and some have copyright protection.
In the UK special laws have been passed to give extra protection to some of the Games' Marks:the Olympic Symbol etc. (Protection) Act 1995 (OSPA) protects the Olympic and Paralympic symbols, mottos and various words.
Added protection is provided by the London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act 2006 (the ‘2006 Act’). This prevents the creation of an unauthorised association between people, goods or services and London 2012.
If you want to know more about these special laws, we have produced a detailed document providing information on them.
What can’t you do?
The unauthorised use of any of the Games' Marks (or any other marks or logos that are confusingly similar to, or likely to be mistaken for, them) is strictly prohibited.
For example, without the London 2012 Organising Committee's written consent, it is unlawful to use the Olympic symbol, the London 2012 logo or the mark ‘London 2012’ in the course of trade.
So they cannot, for example, be used on goods, in business names, on business papers or in advertising.
It is also unlawful, whether through the use of the Games' Marks or otherwise, to falsely represent any association, affiliation, endorsement, sponsorship or similar relationship with London 2012, the British Olympic and/or Paralympic teams, or any other part of the Olympic and/or Paralympic Movements.
When can the Games' Marks be used?
The Games' Marks can be used with the authorisation of the London 2012 Organising Committee.
Authorisation will only be given to official sponsors, licensees and non-commercial partners.
There are very few instances when the Games' Marks can be used without our consent.
The words protected by OSPA can, however, be used in editorial news pieces without our authorisation and journalists are, in certain circumstances, able to use our emblem etc to illustrate an editorial piece about the Games.
This exception does not however apply to businesses which produce newsletters, client bulletins or other marketing collateral.
Another exception applies to businesses which have traded under an ‘Olympic’ name for many years (pre 1995). The exception allows them to continue to do this.
There are a few other defences under OSPA and the 2006 Act. Further details of these are given in our information on Statutory Marketing Rights.
Do not use the Games' Marks unless you are sure that a defence applies to you."
I cannot for the love of money get an answer out of the 2012 Olympic people about using my domain name in a new website heading,(NEITHER CAN MY WEB DESIGNER) So lets see who on this site can point me either to an answer or to Seb Coe's e mail address!!!!