PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Brand (the “Games Brand”) is the visual or literal marks that show the identity of the Games, expressed mainly through the Games’ emblem, mascot, slogan, and other similar items. Brand Protection means to any activities protecting such emblem, mascot, slogan so the brand could be used properly without destroying its value.
Brand Protection is very important in preserving Olympic and Paralympic legacy and in maintaining its spirit and value. By restricting improper use of the brand, Olympic or Paralympic can keep its purity. In addition, Brand Protection is important for the success of the Games. POCOG receives a significant amount of funding for operation of the Games with its marketing programme - attracting official sponsors, licensees, and ticket sales, etc. In other words, POCOG provides official sponsors with the exclusive right to use the Games Brand and in turn receives financial support needed for the Games. Thus, POCOG must successfully manage the Games Brand and raise its value for the successful operation of the Games. Without the smooth running of the marketing programme by POCOG, the operations of the Games will be less than satisfactory.
International Olympic Committee(IOC)
International Paralympic Committee(IPC)
The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games(POCOG)
Korean Olympic Committee(KOC)
Korean Paralympic Committee(KPC)
Other Games-related Intellectual Properties
Only POCOG, official sponsors, broadcasting right holders, licensees, and other non-commercial entities, with approval, may use the Games Brand. POCOG protects the Games Brand through the Special Act on Support for PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Trademark Act, Unfair Competition and Prevention Act, and other related laws and regulations.
Use of POCOG designated insignia, mascots, or other Games related symbols, marks, designs, slogans, music, or similar, without POCOG’s prior approval may be punished by imprisonment not exceeding five years or by a fine of fifty million won or less.
Using a title that is the same as or similar to “the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games” may be punished by a maximum fine of five million won.
Trademark infringement of the Games Brand shall be punished by imprisonment not exceeding seven years or a maximum fine of 100 million won
Copyright infringement of the Games Brand related image, video, music, and similar may be punished by imprisonment of up to five years and/or a maximum fine of fifty million won
A person who intends to use the Olympic rings or any mark, design, or slogan which includes the Olympic rings or others similar thereto for commercial purposes shall obtain approval from Korean Olympic Committee(from POCOG until 2020.12.31), and any person who has obtained approval for use shall pay relevant fees.
Causing confusion with right holders commercial facilities or engaging in an such act by using the same or similar Games Brand leading to damage of identification or reputation shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than three years or by a fine not exceeding 30 million won
Non-commercial use refers to purely non-profit entities related to the Games using the Games Brand for promotion of the Games for non-commercial purposes.
Editorial or educational purposes : Purely editorial or educational purpose of use without any commercial purpose (i. e., using emblem when reporting the Games' current state in news or newspaper, or using the Games title during school class while introducing the Games, etc.) can be used without approval. However, any use intended to avoid the limitation of the Brand Protection related legislations is prohibited.
Factual Statement : For instance, using “☆☆ Olympic gold medalist” on the name card as profile introduction or containing the event contents on the event poster as “O O Kim, Seoul Olympic gold medalist will be attending” can be used without POCOG’s approval. However, any use intended to avoid the limitation of the Brand Protection related legislations is prohibited.
With POCOG grants approval : Any use of the Games Brand other than above mentioned editorial or educational purposes, factual statement shall apply POCOG for prior approval. Particularly, commercial use is only permitted to POCOG selected official sponsors through marketing programme. Any other non-commercial use can follow application and approval procedures for non-commercial use of the Games Brand, and if corresponds to following approval conditions, shall use after receiving written approval from POCOG.
POCOG manages non-commercial use of the Games Brand as 'Single short-term use' and 'Long-term use' as follows.
Application and approval procedure For domestic use, to apply for approval, complete and submit the Non-commercial Use application form (reference 1) at least 30 days prior to usage. For overseas use, complete and submit the Non-commercial Activity Request (reference 2) at least 40 days prior to usage to Legal Affairs Department in POCOG as an official document. If the applicant is not a governmental organization, the applicant may apply with email@example.com.
Application result (with attachment of approved Games Brand) will be provided with official written notice no more than 30 days after the application has been submitted.
Non-commercial License Agreement will be executed between POCOG and the relevant governmental bodies, Host City, and other public organizations with ongoing cooperative relationships and contributions to the operations of the Games that will regulate the long-term use of the Games Brand. For individual use for reasons other than those in the agreement, the same application and approval procedure shall apply as that of the single short-term use. Unauthorized use without POCOG’s prior approval other than purposes of purely editorial or educational nature shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than five(5) years or by a fine not exceeding fifty million won according to article 25 and 89 of Special Act.
To effectively protect and respond to the infringement of the Games Brand promptly, POCOG accepts report of unauthorized use of the Games brand.
If you became aware of any unauthorized use of the Games Brand within and/or outside of the Republic of Korea, please complete and send the following unauthorized brand use report to firstname.lastname@example.org.