OLYMPIC RECORDINGS Is No More
Effective immediately, Olympic Recordings, a sub-label of the Century Family Inc. specializing in "extreme" music, will cease to exist. Century Media Records was recently contacted by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) who notified the company that because they own a trademark on the word "Olympic," they would have to stop using it in order to avoid a legal battle. A representative for the committee informed the label that the word "Olympic" is a legally protected trademark that Congress gave the USOC the exclusive right to use. Furthermore, the USOC may file a civil action suit against anyone if they, without consent of the USOC, use the Olympic trademark to induce the sale of any goods or services.
This is not the first time the USOC has contacted a business over this matter. The USOC is said to contact about 50 groups a year on average about the trademark. More information can be found at this location.
As a result of this development, Olympic Recordings' entire roster — which includes such acts as ABORTED, BEHEMOTH, IMMOLATION, INCANTATION, SWALLOW THE SUN and VITAL REMAINS — has been picked up by its parent company, Century Media.
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