Intellectual Property Enclosure and Economic Discourse in the 2012 London Olympic Games

Media, Culture and Society, 37(3), pp. 409-421, 2015

18 Pages Posted: 25 Jul 2015

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Kris Erickson

University of Leeds

Lingling Wei

Bournemouth University - Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM)

Date Written: January 28, 2015

Abstract

Special legislation associated with mega sporting events has enabled new forms of cultural enclosure, effectively commoditising aspects of cultural expression that previously remained in the public domain. In this paper, the authors examine the tension between economic and political justifications for hosting the Olympics and the intellectual property enclosures that are imposed upon host nations. These enclosures extend beyond what is traditionally protected under trade mark law, to include ‘generic’ terms. Enabling market competitors to freely use generic, descriptive language is a core doctrine of trade mark law, seeking to balance monopoly IP rights with free market competition. The authors evaluate the impact of special legislative enclosures on the public interest, and argue that collective access to expression should be more carefully considered in political and economic calculations of the value of the Olympics.

Keywords: Olympics, trade mark, enclosure, IP, mega sporting events, urban development, small business

JEL Classification: D23, K00, H59, H71, L33, L83

Suggested Citation

Erickson, Kristofer and Wei, Lingling, Intellectual Property Enclosure and Economic Discourse in the 2012 London Olympic Games (January 28, 2015). Media, Culture and Society, 37(3), pp. 409-421, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2635534

Kristofer Erickson (Contact Author)

University of Leeds ( email )

School of Media and Communication
Leeds, Yorkshire LS2 9JT
United Kingdom

Lingling Wei

Bournemouth University - Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM) ( email )

89 Holdenhurst Road
Bournemouth
Dorset, BH8 8EB
United Kingdom

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