Tokyo 2020 Olympic Logo Dropped After Plagiarism Allegations

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The organizing committee for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo announced today that they would be dropping the current official logo for the games. This decision is a response to recent controversy surrounding the logo and its designer, Japanese artist Kenjiro Sano, after a Belgian artist accused Sano of plagiarism. BBC reports that the designer, Olivier Debie, made a logo for the Theatre de Liege in 2013 that he believes bears an uncanny resemblance to Sano’s logo. Debie and the Theater filed a lawsuit to against the use of the new emblem. See the side-by-side comparison below:

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Photo from BBC

Although the Olympic committee officially stated that they were confident in the difference between the logos, they reasoned that they made the choice the pull the design because “the logo cannot gain public support.” They plan to design a new logo immediately but did not share whether or not Sano would still be the designer. If the decision was up to Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe, Sano would be out of a job. He said: “I want Mr Sano to provide an explanation. I feel like we have been betrayed.”

This has been the second plagiarism-related Olympics story in the past 30 days. The Beijing 2020 winter games made headlines last month when the internet pointed out that the theme song for the Olympic village, “The Snow and Ice Dance,” sounded a whole lot like Frozen’s “Let it Go.”

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