Rights related to the use of Olympic symbols

"The requirement for being a part of the Olympic movement is to respect the basic ethical principles."
Due to their respectable role on the global scale, Olympic symbols must be protected. The use of Olympic symbols is both a privilege and a responsibility. Therefore, we ask you to help with their legitimate and correct use and with the respect that the Olympic symbols deserve, to preserve their rich heritage.

The right to use the symbols of the Olympic Games
The symbols of the Olympic Games are protected in accordance with applicable laws in the host country. The symbols of the Olympic Games include the official name of the Olympic Games, words, signs, logos, mascots, pictograms and all other symbols associated with the Olympic Games. Unauthorized and unjustified use of the symbols is strictly prohibited. Any version of the symbols shown is legally protected.

All Olympic symbols, designed for individual Olympic Games, are the property right of the Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games. The design and the right to use it is determined by the Olympic Charter and endorsed by the Executive Committee of the International Olympic Committee.

The Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games ensures the protection of the Olympic property rights and the mascot of the Olympic Games for the benefit of the International Olympic Committee in the host country and in the international field. Even after the Olympic Games are over, only the Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games and the National Olympic Committee of the host country can use the Olympic signs and mascot. The same applies to all other marks, patterns, badges, posters, objects and documents related to the Olympic Games and their preparations, during and before the end of the Game. Once this period is over, all the rights to the Olympic sign or in connection with it, mascots and other symbols, patterns and badges shall become the sole property of the International Olympic Committee. The Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games or the National Olympic Committee of the country in which the Olympic Games took place, according to the given example and to the extent necessary, acts as a guardian and acts exclusively for the benefit of the International Olympic Committee.

Any mascot designed for the Olympic Games is considered to be an Olympic symbol. The sample must be submitted to the Executive Committee of the International Olympic Committee by the Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games for approval. The mascot may not be used for commercial purposes in without the prior written approval of the Executive Committee of the International Olympic Committee.

Any contract with the Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games containing any form of advertising, including the right or license to use the Olympic logo and mascot of the Olympic Games, shall only apply if it is in accordance with the Olympic Charter and the instructions given by the Executive Committee of the IOC.
The International Olympic Committee is also the owner of copyrights for musical works that are officially ordered for the Olympic Games.
The executive committee of the International Olympic Committee shall be responsible for penalties in case of non-compliance with these regulations.



The right to use the sign of NOC SLO
The use of the National Olympic Committee symbol only applies to the country of this Olympic Committee. The symbol of the National Olympic Committee and any other Olympian-related symbols, markings or designs of the National Olympic Committee shall not be used for any advertising, commercial or profitable purposes without the prior written consent of the National Olympic Committee.
The Olympic Committee of Slovenia is obliged to ensure compliance with the Olympic Charter in its own country.



The right to use the image and the name of athletes-Olympians and other members of the Olympic team
In the period of the Olympic Games (which is specified for each of the Olympic Games, in accordance with the Olympic Charter) unauthorized use of the image and names of athletes and all other members of the Slovenian Olympic Team, which are present at the Olympic Games in question, is prohibited.


The right to use Olympic symbols in the marketing activities of a company
Market communication between companies that are not sponsors of the Olympic Committee of Slovenia, TOP-partners of the IOC or partners of the Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games should never include Olympic symbols in the broadest sense, including the word "Olympic" and other related terminology (for example, the Olympic Games, Olympic bid, Olympic winner, Olympic champion etc.). Among the protected Olympic symbols are as well: the Olympic circles, the Olympic fire, the Olympic torch, the Olympic anthem, the Olympic medal.


 
The right to advertise on the venues of the Olympic Games
At any Olympic venue, any form of advertising in and around stadiums and other venues, is prohibited. Commercial devices and advertising symbols in stadiums and other sports surfaces are not allowed. The Executive Committee of the International Olympic Committee is responsible to determine the principles and conditions under which any form of advertising is permitted.



The right to advertise on sports equipment
No form of commercial or other promotion may appear on sportswear, accessories or any part of clothing or equipment worn or used by athletes or other participants at the Olympic Games, unless it is the sign of the equipment manufacturer and if this identification is not obviously marked for promotional purposes. The manufacturer's signs must also be precisely defined and must be designed in a way that does not draw attention.
If a person violates the rules of advertising on sports equipment, he or she is disqualified or withdrawn from accreditation. The decisions of the Executive Committee of the International Olympic Committee are final in this case.



The right to advertise on starting numbers
All types of advertisement is also prohibited on numbers carried by competitors. On the starting numbers there must be a sign of the Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games.


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