November 24. LawFuel – The Law News Network (www.LawFuel.com) – A report from Interfax-China says the organization committee for the Beijing Olympics will take legal action against individuals or companies that register internet domains in China and abroad using the names of the five mascots for the 2008 summer games.
The names of the five Beijing Olympic mascots are trademarks, and thus using their names in internet domains is the same as putting the Olympic logo onto products without permission, the BOCOG said.
In China, the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), which is in charge of issuing internet domains in the country, will save domains based on the five Beijing Olympic mascots for the BOCOG to use. Individuals and companies that register domains that are slight variations on the mascot’s names may also face legal action, the BOCOG said.
See the full report at: http://www.interfax.cn/showfeature.asp?aid=7771