Olympic sports emoji

Garth Wallace gwalla at gmail.com
Mon Jul 27 15:41:11 CDT 2015

On Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 1:10 PM, Doug Ewell <doug at ewellic.org> wrote:
> Garth Wallace <gwalla at gmail dot com> wrote:
>> I read this proposal [L2/15-196R] and was a little confused. Why
>> aren't they proposing the actual sports pictograms that are in use for
>> international events like the Olympics? Those are generally stylized
>> human figures shown engaging in sports, but the suggested symbols in
>> this proposal seem to mostly be pictures of sports equipment. It seems
>> like reinventing the wheel. Are the Olympic-style pictograms not felt
>> to be sufficiently emoji-like?
> The official Summer Olympics pictograms change each time the Games are
> held:
> http://www.olympic.org/Assets/OSC%20Section/pdf/QR_sports_pictograms_of_the_olympic_summer_games_1964_2016.pdf
> Although the symbols introduced for the 1972 Munich Games were
> particularly influential and are often thought to be canonical, these
> symbols have been styled quite differently since 1992.
> Additionally, the images are copyrighted, for the most part by the
> International Olympic Committee (see page 2 of the PDF document).

The style of them changes with each Games, but the identities do not.
To my mind, this is equivalent to the glyph/character distinction. The
individual Olympiad-specific images are copyrighted but not even the
IOC can copyright the idea of "stick figure playing hockey, used to
symbolize the sport of ice hockey". The UCS even includes a few of
them already: U+26F7   SKIER is the symbol for Alpine skiing.

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