During the Winter Olympics in Vancouver (February 12-28), many bloggers, Twitterers, and Facebook fans will be posting updates about their favorite sports, athletes, and of course, opening ceremony garb.
However, people using this type of media who are non-rights holders must follow the rules of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). For example, Olympic news, results and feature-type articles can be posted. However, results provided by the IOC must contain a copyright tag line and credit must be given to the Olympic sponsors who recorded the results. For example, if you post results from a speed skating competition, the tag line would read something like this: © 2010 IOC. Official Results powered by Atos Origin. Timing and results management by Omega.
In addition, the use of audio and video is restricted by both the Olympic Charter and the IOC News Access Rules. As the IOC Guidelines state, "no sound or moving images of any Olympic events, including sporting action, interviews with athletes in the mixed zones and competition venue press conference rooms, Opening, Closing and medal ceremonies or other activities, such as chat sessions which occur within accredited zones (competition sites and practice venues, Olympic Village, Main Press Centre, etc.) may be disseminated, whether on a live or delayed basis, regardless of source."
The Olympic symbol may only be used for editorial purposes and you should not use any Olympic mark that implies you or a third party have an official relationship with the Olympics.
More information is also available from the Vancouver 2010 Media Centre.
Photo credit © VANOC/COVAN.