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Bolt's management issues warning to copyright violators

Published:Sunday | August 21, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The management team of nine-time Olympic Gold medallist and world recorder holder in the 100 metres and 200 metres, Usain Bolt, has issued a warning to those violating the athlete's intellectual property rights.

In a statement published in today's Sunday Gleaner, Bolt's UB Management team, says persons have been using his trademarks and image to advertise their products and services, as well as in other forms of trade without the authorisation of Bolt or his representatives.

They say the activities have been resulting in loss and damage to Bolt's reputation and business.

The statement, signed by the head of UB Management Limited, Norman Peart, notes that Bolt is the owner of the "To the World" pose and several trademarks that incorporate his name, nickname, signature, image and likeness. It says Bolt's image and trademarks should not be used to falsely represent any business or enterprise and the goods and services offered by those businesses or enterprises.

UB Management has indicated that it will take legal action against persons or businesses using Bolt's image and trademarks without permission, warning that  persons must immediately cease unauthorised use of the athlete's intellectual property.