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2012-07-18 09:24:54 AM
How the fark can "2012" and "Twenty twelve" be illegal to print and use? It's the farking year!
 
2012-07-18 09:31:26 AM
i50.tinypic.com
 
2012-07-18 12:38:51 PM

BurnShrike: How the fark can "2012" and "Twenty twelve" be illegal to print and use? It's the farking year!


I was wondering the same thing.

Any of you Brits have insight into this? Seems kind of ...weird to me.
 
2012-07-18 02:42:49 PM
I don't get it.
 
2012-07-18 02:43:07 PM

BurnShrike: How the fark can "2012" and "Twenty twelve" be illegal to print and use? It's the farking year!


Don't be so short-sighted. We all know that the world will end in the year 2012, so if we just skip year 2012 and go to 2013 everything will work out fine.
 
2012-07-18 02:45:34 PM

BurnShrike: How the fark can "2012" and "Twenty twelve" be illegal to print and use? It's the farking year!


Knowing the potential derpitude levels of the combined powers of local Brit government and the IOC, I wouldn't be surprised if this is true.
 
2012-07-18 02:48:08 PM

BurnShrike: How the fark can "2012" and "Twenty twelve" be illegal to print and use? It's the farking year!


That probably applies to advertisers who might try to horn in the games without paying licensing fees to the IOC. Uh,oh...I typed "IOC" without paying. Damn! I did it again! I can't afford to keep posting in this thread. I'll probably get a letter from the I*C's lawye...damn, that was quick!! Sued before I even hit "Add Comment".
 
2012-07-18 02:51:33 PM

xanadian: BurnShrike: How the fark can "2012" and "Twenty twelve" be illegal to print and use? It's the farking year!

I was wondering the same thing.

Any of you Brits have insight into this? Seems kind of ...weird to me.


images.wikia.com

/it was a warning, not a blueprint
 
2012-07-18 02:53:21 PM
The last one was kinda funny, but this was very "meh" overall.

Why do so many billboard hijackers have such a bland sense of humor?
 
2012-07-18 02:53:25 PM
One of them, Bill Posters, has previous form, having created the image of Wayne Rooney carrying shopping bags, with the slogan "Just Loot It" in the wake of the riots of last summer.

B-b-but...
img521.imageshack.us
 
2012-07-18 02:54:06 PM
Can you use 2x10 12?
 
2012-07-18 02:55:07 PM

MrEricSir: The last one was kinda funny, but this was very "meh" overall.

Why do so many billboard hijackers have such a bland sense of humor?


Because we're not dealing with humorous situations, here?
 
2012-07-18 02:55:29 PM
I like that the Brits have some good street art, but these guys just don't have the charm Banksy does in his work.
 
2012-07-18 02:57:19 PM
Calling Banksy. Come in, Banksy.
 
2012-07-18 02:57:48 PM
My favorite Banksy quote:

Any advertisement in public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It belongs to you. It's yours to take, rearrange and re-use. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.
 
2012-07-18 03:04:37 PM
Commercial speech has never been free speech. It is the most regulated form of communication, but in the past an advertiser saying something trademarked like "Olympics" or "Super Bowl" in an ad when they are not an official sponsor has only been a civil offense. It looks like the UK has made it a criminal offense. That is way over the top!
 
2012-07-18 03:10:38 PM

DammitIForgotMyLogin: [i50.tinypic.com image 670x549]


the gold ring is missing... why do I have to know that detail?
 
2012-07-18 03:12:19 PM

robbiex0r: MrEricSir: The last one was kinda funny, but this was very "meh" overall.

Why do so many billboard hijackers have such a bland sense of humor?

Because we're not dealing with humorous situations, here?


C'mon, the idea of these guys going back home and furiously jacking it to an issue of Adbusters gave me a chuckle.
 
2012-07-18 03:13:46 PM
www.team9000.net

Does not even need to be touched up
 
2012-07-18 03:20:36 PM

RembrandtQEinstein: My favorite Banksy quote:

Any advertisement in public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It belongs to you. It's yours to take, rearrange and re-use. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.


Wow. Guy sounds like kind of a dick. "I can see it, so it's mines!!!"

Jackass.
 
2012-07-18 03:21:08 PM
Feel the pain, baby.

/obscure?
 
2012-07-18 03:21:24 PM
So unless you are an official sponsor of the games you can't advertise your 2012 model year of your product in England?
 
2012-07-18 03:22:14 PM
Dumb.
 
2012-07-18 03:24:17 PM

Swoop1809: So unless you are an official sponsor of the games you can't advertise your 2012 model year of your product in England?


"Sale on all remaining 20mumble Reliant models!"
 
2012-07-18 03:24:44 PM
Kids at the opening ceremony have been told to either wear unbranded or Adidas trainers

I hope some parents deliberately put their kids in Nikes, just to see what happens.

Seriously, I wish I was living in London - I'd be driving these guys around to put these posters up. The Olympic Zones deserve to be defaced with Burger King and Pepsi logos, just to piss off the official sponsors.
 
2012-07-18 03:26:34 PM

Swoop1809: So unless you are an official sponsor of the games you can't advertise your 2012 model year of your product in England?


Don't be surprised, these guys would still be taxing our tea if they could.

/and stamps too!
//USA! USA!
 
2012-07-18 03:27:09 PM
s13.postimage.org
 
2012-07-18 03:33:44 PM

farkeruk: Kids at the opening ceremony have been told to either wear unbranded or Adidas trainers

I hope some parents deliberately put their kids in Nikes, just to see what happens.

Seriously, I wish I was living in London - I'd be driving these guys around to put these posters up. The Olympic Zones deserve to be defaced with Burger King and Pepsi logos, just to piss off the official sponsors.


Sonic and Moxie
 
2012-07-18 03:36:52 PM

farkeruk: I hope some parents deliberately put their kids in Nikes, just to see what happens.


If you don't meet the dress code you will be sent home. Just like any job.

BurnShrike: How the fark can "2012" and "Twenty twelve" be illegal to print and use? It's the farking year!


Its only illegal if used in conjunction with or making reference to a sporting event that is going to start soon. So you can use 2012 fine as long as you don't advertise a Ford Focus 2012 London special eddition. Its the standard rules you have to make into law if you want the Olympics. Just like the US passed into law for Atlanta '96
 
2012-07-18 03:45:55 PM
The verbage restrictions only apply to related advertising, not editorial use. This seems to be lost on a number of people.

-H
 
2012-07-18 03:49:12 PM
Most of them are too preachy...but I liked this one:

cdn.shortlist.com
 
2012-07-18 03:50:07 PM
www.comedyonthegreen.co.uk
"England is not prepared for a chemical attack!"

"SHUT THE HELL UP"
 
2012-07-18 03:51:34 PM

ArcadianRefugee: RembrandtQEinstein: My favorite Banksy quote:

Any advertisement in public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It belongs to you. It's yours to take, rearrange and re-use. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.

Wow. Guy sounds like kind of a dick. "I can see it, so it's mines!!!"

Jackass.


If you believe that outdoor advertisements are a good thing then you are part of the problem. The billboard owner might hold the deed to the land it rests on but he doesn't own the sky behind it. When he puts up the billboard he is stealing the sky from everyone who walks by. When someone puts an ad on the side of a bus he is stealing the mental processing cycles of everyone who views it.

You have no choice but to see and process outdoor advertisement just like you have no choice but to flinch if someone ran up to you and shouted in your ear. The advertiser is using my mind without my permission for the purpose of enriching himself. Once someone has taken away my choice of how I use my mind, even for a split second, then he has committed harm against me. And I wouldn't feel a single pang of guilt about tearing down, modifying, or subverting any outdoor advertising and support anyone who does.

I can't wait for google glasses or other augmented reality gear to by advanced enough that I can install adblock for meatspace, and never see another commercial message for the rest of my life.
 
2012-07-18 03:51:43 PM
A lot of the 'official' sponsors are not even paying their Olympic taxes:

Link
 
2012-07-18 03:55:54 PM

RembrandtQEinstein: ArcadianRefugee: RembrandtQEinstein: My favorite Banksy quote:

Any advertisement in public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It belongs to you. It's yours to take, rearrange and re-use. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.

Wow. Guy sounds like kind of a dick. "I can see it, so it's mines!!!"

Jackass.

If you believe that outdoor advertisements are a good thing then you are part of the problem. The billboard owner might hold the deed to the land it rests on but he doesn't own the sky behind it. When he puts up the billboard he is stealing the sky from everyone who walks by. When someone puts an ad on the side of a bus he is stealing the mental processing cycles of everyone who views it.

You have no choice but to see and process outdoor advertisement just like you have no choice but to flinch if someone ran up to you and shouted in your ear. The advertiser is using my mind without my permission for the purpose of enriching himself. Once someone has taken away my choice of how I use my mind, even for a split second, then he has committed harm against me. And I wouldn't feel a single pang of guilt about tearing down, modifying, or subverting any outdoor advertising and support anyone who does.

I can't wait for google glasses or other augmented reality gear to by advanced enough that I can install adblock for meatspace, and never see another commercial message for the rest of my life.


Someone definitely seems to have taken away your mind, but I don't think it was a Sprite ad.
 
2012-07-18 03:57:28 PM

RembrandtQEinstein: I can't wait for google glasses or other augmented reality gear to by advanced enough that I can install adblock for meatspace, and never see another commercial message for the rest of my life.


www.jnack.com

what looking through google glass may look like

/Google Adsense: "it appears that you're all out of bubble gum"
 
2012-07-18 03:57:34 PM
Saw the one with the VXR and had to go to the website, those are pretty sweet. What do the UK farkers think about these cars? I've never heard of them before, but I could really like the VXR8 GTS. Funny, I thought the UK frowned upon cars with bigger then 2.0 litre engines.
 
2012-07-18 03:57:41 PM

RembrandtQEinstein: If you believe that outdoor advertisements are a good thing then you are part of the problem. The billboard owner might hold the deed to the land it rests on but he doesn't own the sky behind it. When he puts up the billboard he is stealing the sky from everyone who walks by. When someone puts an ad on the side of a bus he is stealing the mental processing cycles of everyone who views it.

You have no choice but to see and process outdoor advertisement just like you have no choice but to flinch if someone ran up to you and shouted in your ear. The advertiser is using my mind without my permission for the purpose of enriching himself. Once someone has taken away my choice of how I use my mind, even for a split second, then he has committed harm against me. And I wouldn't feel a single pang of guilt about tearing down, modifying, or subverting any outdoor advertising and support anyone who does.


I don't know that I consider all advertisement quite that much of an affront, but I still agree with Banksy's statement.
It never fails to make me smile when I see fashion ads with mustaches or other little snarky poster-defacements. Consumer culture should be mocked, and frequently. It helps us keep proper perspective.
 
2012-07-18 04:02:03 PM

RembrandtQEinstein: ArcadianRefugee: RembrandtQEinstein: My favorite Banksy quote:

Any advertisement in public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It belongs to you. It's yours to take, rearrange and re-use. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.

Wow. Guy sounds like kind of a dick. "I can see it, so it's mines!!!"

Jackass.

If you believe that outdoor advertisements are a good thing then you are part of the problem. The billboard owner might hold the deed to the land it rests on but he doesn't own the sky behind it. When he puts up the billboard he is stealing the sky from everyone who walks by. When someone puts an ad on the side of a bus he is stealing the mental processing cycles of everyone who views it.

You have no choice but to see and process outdoor advertisement just like you have no choice but to flinch if someone ran up to you and shouted in your ear. The advertiser is using my mind without my permission for the purpose of enriching himself. Once someone has taken away my choice of how I use my mind, even for a split second, then he has committed harm against me. And I wouldn't feel a single pang of guilt about tearing down, modifying, or subverting any outdoor advertising and support anyone who does.

I can't wait for google glasses or other augmented reality gear to by advanced enough that I can install adblock for meatspace, and never see another commercial message for the rest of my life.


Does Banksy (whoever that is) live in a completely see-through house?
 
2012-07-18 04:05:41 PM
FTFA (regarding children taking part in the opening ceremony):
Spokesman Sutveer Kaur said: "We've advised comfortable, unbranded or Adidas shoes."

And when asked what would happen if children turned up wearing the wrong shoes she said: "Nothing. This was just guidance." Spokesman Sutveer Kaur said: "We've advised comfortable, unbranded or Adidas shoes."

And when asked what would happen if children turned up wearing the wrong shoes she said: "Nothing. This was just guidance."


Nothing to see here, carry on.
 
2012-07-18 04:06:34 PM
"GO FOR THE GOLD!"

No, you shut up.
 
2012-07-18 04:06:57 PM

Allen. The end.: Feel the pain, baby.

/obscure?


The BLF!
 
2012-07-18 04:07:56 PM

IXI Jim IXI: Most of them are too preachy...but I liked this one:

[cdn.shortlist.com image 307x335]


Yeah, me too. It could have worked as the original as well. The artist has a future on Madison Avenue if he wants one.

The captioned ones though, "advertisements work on a subliminal level, blah, blah, blah". Well no farking shiat... everyone knew that before you were born kiddo.
 
2012-07-18 04:08:12 PM

lunkhed: FTFA (regarding children taking part in the opening ceremony):
Spokesman Sutveer Kaur said: "We've advised comfortable, unbranded or Adidas shoes."

And when asked what would happen if children turned up wearing the wrong shoes she said: "Nothing. This was just guidance." Spokesman Sutveer Kaur said: "We've advised comfortable, unbranded or Adidas shoes."

And when asked what would happen if children turned up wearing the wrong shoes she said: "Nothing. This was just guidance."

Nothing to see here, carry on.


Strange paste fail is strange.
 
2012-07-18 04:08:42 PM

RembrandtQEinstein: My favorite Banksy quote:

Any advertisement in public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It belongs to you. It's yours to take, rearrange and re-use. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.


Wow, never read that before...the guys a frickin dumbass, isn't he?
 
2012-07-18 04:11:08 PM
Kinda funny/unfortunate that they choose a "flaming" picture for their Climate Change message, seeing as how it's been raining every day in London for about the last 18 months. Maybe should have had Big Ben under water or something instead.
 
2012-07-18 04:27:47 PM
Poncy gits. You can't trademark a year.
 
2012-07-18 04:28:09 PM

BurnShrike: How the fark can "2012" and "Twenty twelve" be illegal to print and use? It's the farking year!


Short answer? They're not, at least they're not on the main list of protected games marks on the LOCOG website:

Link

It would (IMHO) be impossible to Trade Mark them or copyright them. The logo/font for 2012 could be protected, but not the actual number itself, it fails all the tests for TM or copyright, so unless there has been a specific law brought in to cover "2012" and "twenty twelve" then they are public domain, and I really don't think that there is such a law.

"London 2012" etc. can be protected as a TM, and they have been quite strict about any firm trying to offer "Olympic Savings!" or using the ring logos etc. without permission.

It's all rather amusing. Same thing happened when Peugeot launched the 1007 and called it the "double-O seven" until the Bond people asked them politely to stop.
 
2012-07-18 04:29:14 PM
For some reason LOCOG or Fark won't let me link???

http://www.london2012.com/about-us/our-brand/using-the-brand/
 
2012-07-18 04:29:20 PM

Johnnyflash: Saw the one with the VXR and had to go to the website, those are pretty sweet. What do the UK farkers think about these cars? I've never heard of them before, but I could really like the VXR8 GTS. Funny, I thought the UK frowned upon cars with bigger then 2.0 litre engines.


They're not illegal or anything. However .....

static.guim.co.uk

For parochial Americans those prices are in British pence per litre, so 140.9 equates to US$8.33 per US gallon .... we don't need a gas guzzler tax, it's built into the pump :)

If it's a Vauxhall (GM UK) car with a V8 it's probably imported from Holden (GM Australia)

/ 8 cylinders good, 2 turbos better ... my V6 car is quicker than any muscle car ever built if there are corners involved
 
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