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Posted on 01/31/2008 2:24:07 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster
China Olympics sued for copyright abuse
By Mure Dickie in Beijing
Published: January 30 2008 22:19 | Last updated: January 30 2008 22:19
Organisers of the Beijing Olympics have been hit by a lawsuit from a city resident who claims they violated his intellectual property rights by failing to give him credit for the events official slogan, One World, One Dream.
The case threatens to become a serious embarrassment for the Beijing organising committee (Bocog), which has repeatedly stressed its commitment to protecting intellectual property and has hailed its two-year-old slogan as symbolising the Olympic spirit of unity.
Fang Shouwei says he has evidence that he proposed the English-language phrase One World, One Dream to Bocog after it issued a global appeal for an emotional and inspiring new slogan in 2005.
Since 2005 Ive been trying to protect my rights, Mr Fang said on Wednesday. Protecting the fruits of my labour is an expression of the Olympic spirit of openness, fairness and justice.
Bocog originally promised to issue a certificate of recognition to the participant in its global campaign whose slogan was adopted. Organisers say the drive prompted 210,000 proposals but have been vague about the source of their final choice.
There was no single winner, Liu Qi, Beijing Communist party chief and Bocog president, said in 2005. The slogan embodies the wisdom of hundreds of thousands of people.
However, Wang Zhenyu, Mr Fangs lawyer, said his client had notarised evidence that he had submitted One World, One Dream to Bocog by e-mail during the slogan campaign. Repeated court attempts to mediate between Mr Fang and Bocog had failed and he was now suing the committee for a certificate of recognition and for his legal costs, the lawyer said.
An official of the intermediate court in Beijings Haidian district confirmed that a first hearing in the case was scheduled for Thursday.
Bocog declined to respond to repeated requests for comment.
A member of a panel invited to review possible slogans in 2005 said Bocog had been seeking a low-risk choice after other phrases were rejected by the International Olympic Committee.
In the end, One World One Dream was the safe one, Rowan Simons, chairman of Beijing-based China ClubFootball FC, said.
The organisers thought: This wont get us into any trouble. Itll be quite ironic if it actually has.
China has long been the target of fierce criticism from the US and other trade partners over rampant copyright abuse but Bocog has repeatedly stressed its determination to protect intellectual property.
Additional reporting by Kerry Ma
The committee and Party probably misunderstood the slogan. They’d intended to print it as, “One World, One Dream, One China”.
The signs in the Olympic Village will read: “One World. One Dream. Visitors are expected to complain at the office between the hours of 9 and 11 a.m. daily.”
Isn't that one of Hillary's campaign slogans?
Similar to GHW Bush’s “New World Order”, huh?
China’s response to this will be “One complainer, one bullet.”
"One complainer, one bullet, one organ donor"
This will be interesting to follow. IP rights is a very hot topic on the Pac Rim right now. Stories about IP litifation, and threats of it, are in the news here almost daily. There is a substantial number of IP lawyers working in the area. Its a ‘growth’ industry thanks to past dis-regard for copyright and IP rights observance.
The PRC is taking a lot of serious hits on this Olympics thing.