Britain, Don't Censor in the Name of the Olympics!

It's a great honor to host the international Olympics, but not if you give up all your basic freedoms. Great Britain, this year's Olympic venue, has basically railroaded its small London businesses, forbidding them to advertise with words like "2012", gold" or "silver."

The London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act, signed all the way back in 2006, effectively guarantees that only big business will be able to exploit the talents of Olympic athletes. The act protects the official Olympic sponsors--Coke, Adidas, McDonald's, Dow, Samsung, and Visa--allowing them to freely trade on the Olympics five-ring logo and jargon. But if an independent London baker puts five rings on a cake and places it in his window, the London Police are authorized to break down the bakery door and destroy the cake.  

Tell Britain's Parliament to rescind the London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act which is grossly unfair to small business and which is a terrible violation of basic human freedoms! 

We the undersigned think it's a great honor that London gets to host the Olympics, but that you should never have enacted the London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act of 2006.

This act forbids anyone but the huge corporations that sponsor the Olympics to use Olympic imagery and jargon in their advertising. It forbids small London businesses to, likewise, take advantage of local enthusiasm for the games. This is clearly a terrible violation of freedom of speech and a hostile move against your own London-based industries.

We respectfully ask that you rescind this horrible act! 

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