US Olympic Committee Sues Organization Trying To Build Sports Museum

from the the-spirit-of-competition dept

The Olympics are notoriously protective of the Olympic name, even trying to block the trademark application for the Olympian, a newspaper in Olympia, Washington. Paul writes in to let us know that the US Olympic Committee has now decided it's worth suing what appears to be an almost defunct non-profit organization called The International Institute for Sport and Olympic History. Apparently the organization was set up to try to raise funds for a museum dedicated to sports, but from the article, it sounds like it has failed to get very far, and has been (perhaps) left to die already (at one point, it was reported that the Institute's bank account contained $52). But never one to let a dead organization die peacefully, the USOC has sued and is seeking "treble damages." What damages? This is basically a defunct organization that never did anything. The USOC says, at the very least, it deserves three times the profits the organization made off the Olympic name. Well, three times zero is zero... so seems like this one could be settled pretty quickly.
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    transmaster (profile), 28 Jan 2010 @ 11:36pm

    Your elected officials at work

    You can thank our elected officials in Washington DC for this mess. They passed a law giving the United States Olympic Committee exclusive right to the "Olympic" name. Never mind if you where a business,or anything else that might have been might have been using the word Olympic from shortly after the original Greek games ended you would suddenly get a nasty scumbag-a-lawyer gram telling you to stop using the word Olympic. They even tried to sue people using the name Olympia. only to find out Olympia Beer's lawyers where even better back stabbers then those of the Olympic committee.

    A similar thing happened in the state of Kentucky. Always looking for more tax revenue to power their local pork projects the Kentucky state legislator passed a law putting a tax on any business who used the word Kentucky in their name. Ever wonder why Kentucky Fried Chicken changed their name to KFC, or the Kentucky Derby is no longer known by that name it is because of this tax.

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