Olympic mascot copyright protected
By Liu Chang (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-11-24 05:44
Beijing Olympic organizers have pledged tough action against anyone illegally
using the mascots of the 2008 Games.
Domain names of the five mascots have been reserved by the Beijing Organizing
Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG), according to a report on
the committee's official website.
"Those who apply to register the domain names of the five Olympic mascots
online will be refused at the very beginning," the report said.
Five Fuwa -
Friendlies - are the official mascots for the Beijing Olympic Games in
Anybody trying to register sites with names deliberately similar to the five
mascots "Beibei," "Jingjing," "Huanhuan," "Yingying" and "Nini" are acting
illegally, according to sources with the legal affairs department of BOCOG.
"BOCOG will adopt legal actions, independently or with the International
Olympic Committee overseas, if such illegal domain names are registered," the
BOCOG has registered over 160 Olympic symbols including the five mascots.
Nearly half the registered symbols are characters and words in Chinese and
"Anyone illegally using the Olympic mascots will be punished by law," sources
with the legal affairs department of BOCOG said.
BOCOG registered copyright on the mascots at the Beijing Copyright Protection
Centre just ahead of their unveiling ceremony on November 11.
The Beijing Bureau of Copyright will fight any behaviour that infringes the
Olympic mascots' copyright to protect the legal interests of the copyright owner
BOCOG, the bureau director Wang Yefei vowed.
However, some infringements have already been found.
At the Shiji Tianding market in Beijing's Chongwen District, unlicensed
pictures of the mascots were seized on Tuesday by the local market watchdog and
legal affairs department of BOCOG.
The sellers will be fined, sources with the industry and commerce authority
(China Daily 11/24/2005 page3)