“O Canada” Belongs to Canada NOT VANOC

The Vancouver Organizing Committee (for the 2010 Olymipic Games) would like to Trademark the term “O Canada” along with other segments of the National Anthem.

Since the Anthem belongs to You and I , all Canadians, I suggest that Canadians petition the federal government to act on our behalf and charge VANOC, for the use of all or any part of the National Anthem.

Please respond in the comments below with your name and place of residence and nationality (should be Canadian to be involved)

I will ensure this petition gets to the right Minister’s office.

Dear Sir

The Persons in the petition below would like The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic Games to pay all moneys earned from the use of all or any part of Canada’s National Anthem, should they be allowed a trademark on the use there of as the Anthem is in “public domain” and thus owned by the people of Canada.

8 thoughts on ““O Canada” Belongs to Canada NOT VANOC

  1. Hi there,

    I caught this and it’s probably important to note. It’s in VANOC’s press release.

    “VANOC does not have and has no desire to own the phrases With Glowing Hearts and Des plus brillants exploits and VANOC’s use of the motto in no way changes how these words can be used by Canadians or how Canadians enjoy the national anthem as a whole or the specific phrases. VANOC has taken steps to protect its use of the motto, in both English and French, by registering the marks under trademark legislation but would only review the use of the motto if a business began using them to create a specific, unauthorized commercial association with the 2010 Winter Games.”


  2. That said once an item has been trademarked regardless of what VANOC states they have certain rights of usage.

    I think If VANOC wants to sue a company for producing a T shirt that reads “Des plus brillants” in relation to the games they should not have the right to do so but if they trade mark the phrase they can.

    If we want to introduce capitalism / Mercantilizism into Patriotism then the only persons allowed to benefit should be the people of Canada as a whole. Let government excerise the trademarks for us.

  3. What an odd idea, and strangely presumptuous. Still, there may be a valid reason for it. It seems reasonable enough that the Olympics, when held in Canada, use something quintessentially Canadian to brand the event. “With Glowing Hearts” and “Des plus brillants exploits” are nice, mildly sentimental sentiments, and a reasonable enough choice for the occasion.

    But why ask for copyright (or was it trademark rights?)? Are they taking these steps because they can’t use the phrases without the copyright-holder’s permission? Who holds the copyright, anyway?

    Copyright and trademark are not exactly the same thing, are they? Can they use a phrase as part of their logo, and the copyright still be retained by whoever owns it?

    I don’t have an opinion yet, one way or the other. I’m just musing through my questions as they arise. I’ll have an opinion after I understand a little better!

  4. A trademark can be used to prevent competitors from using a mark or slogan that might be confused with another.

    A copyright protects original works of literature, dramatic, musical, artistic, and intellectual content.

    So we are talking Trademarks here, as you can’t copyright a work that isn’t “original.”

    However if a trademark is applied then no one else can use it for a given purpose like at the Olympics.

    This should not be allowed to apply to parts of someone else’s work or words in the public domain, it would be like allowing a trade mark against “To be or not to be.” Which I am sure has been tried.

  5. The purpose is as I can see it that they want to use these segments on T shirts and don’t want people to copy them and steal money out of their pockets.

    My opinion is sorry but come up with something original and stop attempting to make money off something that isn’t yours to use.

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