TOKYO (AP) – Tokyo Olympics officials are furious because the emblem of their games was used to design the cover of a local magazine that combines the logo with the new coronavirus.
Tokyo spokeswoman Masa Takaya said at an online news conference on Tuesday that organizers had asked the Japan Foreign Correspondents Club to "remove" the image.
Takaya did not answer a direct question whether Tokyo 2020 was planning a legal challenge. He suggested that negotiations continue "privately" with the Tokyo club of foreign journalists.
"It is very disappointing to see the emblem of games being distorted and associated with the new coronavirus, which affects human life, people's lives, the economy and our society," said Takaya. “The design is clearly using the design of the Olympic emblem. Therefore, we consider it a violation of our legally guaranteed copyright of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic emblem. ”
He said Tokyo 2020 has yet to receive a formal response to his request.
The "similar" emblem, which had "COVID-19" written underneath, was published on the cover of the April issue of the club's magazine. It also appeared in an online edition.
The FCCJ did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Associated Press.
In an article about the logo published a few days ago by Asahi Shimbun, he named the artist Andrew Pothecary. He identified him as a British designer based in Japan who serves as the magazine's art director.
The artist said he saw design as a parody, although other designers interviewed by the newspaper suggested that parody was difficult on topics such as viruses and the pandemic.
"It is insensitive that many people are affected," said Takaya, a spokesman for Tokyo.
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