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Wait, You Can't do WHAT at the London Olympics?

Illustration for article titled Wait, You Cant do WHAT at the London Olympics?

Today in oppressive British finger-wagging we learned that the London 2012 Olympic Games has a pretty extreme "conditions for ticket holders" policy when it comes to social media.

Images, video and sound recordings of the Games taken by a Ticket Holder cannot be used for any purpose other than for private and domestic purposes and a Ticket Holder may not license, broadcast or publish video and/or sound recordings, including on social networking websites and the internet more generally, and may not exploit images, video and/or sound recordings for commercial purposes under any circumstances, whether on the internet or otherwise, or make them available to third parties for commercial purposes.


So, that's one less Facebook album to be annoyed by, I guess.

But wait... There's more!

The same suuuuuuper long Terms and Conditions page has an exhaustive list of potentially dangerous and prohibited items. They start out with the usual suspects: firearms, illegal drugs, containers of liquid exceeding 100ml. Then they name a few items I doubt anyone would even try to bring to the Olympic games: really, I mean, how would one squeeze an entire motorcycle into the spectator stands? And because they're already on a roll here, I guess, they go on and forbid: large quantities of coins (this is vague, tsk tsk), refrigerators (I mean...?), and flags of any countries not participating in the Olympic games (meow!).


Cool yer jets, England! [TechCrunch - Image via Padmayogini/Shutterstock]

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It says very plainly for commercial purposes so that sounds like pretty much the same disclaimer you'd expect to hear at many major events. IOW, not shocking or surprising at all.

As for not being allowed to bring a refrigerator or motorcycle I'm kind of left wondering why that was stipulated. That seems a bit odd to me.