Some are already starting to look forward to the big sports event of the year: the Olympic Games in London. But before you start creating new designs to honor the event, we would like to direct your attention to the legal side of things. It is a bit tricky, so it’s really important to ensure that your shop and/or designs do not violate any copyrights.
Trademarks and logos of third parties are an absolute no-go. This applies to logos and trademarks with IOC copyrights as well as trademarks of sponsors and other parties involved. These are the most important and prominent sponsors: Olympics: BMW, Adidas, Panasonic, Omega, Samsung, Visa, among others.
You can find a comprehensive list of sponsors on the London2012.com website.
In order to find out whether your design, text or name are copyright protected, you can check the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS). This provides contact information for inquiries with the holders of rights:
You can also enter “Comité International Olympique“ to find out which registered trademarks these organizations have.
We also created a thread on the forum where you can post feedback, questions or suggestions.