This article explains the three types of rights of association with the London Olympics and Paralympics and how they apply in references to the London 2012 Games.We had hoped to publish this article ahead of the opening of the Olympic Games and apologise to the authors and to our readers for our failure to do so. The article is however still of immediate relevance since, as the abstract makes clear, in addition to the London Olympics, it discusses the legal position regarding rights of association with the London Paralympics, which commence on Wednesday 29 August and conclude on Sunday 9 September.
The authors discuss both civil and criminal penalties, as well the restrictions in place in relation to "fair use" in media coverage of the Games and the restrictions on advertising and trading in the vicinity of the Olympic venues.
Another area that is discussed is the regime within which individual athletes and their sponsors must operate.
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