Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 27th 2014 Contents Last Sunday, for German For-
mula 1 Grand Prix at Hocken-
heim, Nico Rosberg, born in Ger-
many to former Formula 1 World
Champion Keke Flying Finn Ros-
berg, planned to wear a helmet
depicting Fifa s World Cup Tro-
Here was a German, driving his
"home" car, a super-fast Mer-
cedes, in his "home" Grand Prix,
trying to celebrate his foot-balling
compatriots victory in Brazil.
What is wrong with this picture?
It is illegal, known as "Ambush
Expectedly, referencing Intellec-
tual Property Laws, Fifa screamed
loudly that Rosberg must not use
"their" property, a picture of
"their" World Cup on his helmet,
unless he wanted to break laws,
though he could, and did, use
indicative four stars, for Germany s
four World Cup wins, and German
Knowing fines from law-suits,
though he could afford them, Nico
Rosberg preferred less stress,
removing the World Cup pictures
from his helmet. Ironically, he won
What would have happened if
Brazilian Football Confederation;
CBF; seeing gazillions worldwide
wearing that yellow shirt at World
Cup 2014, with numbers, names
and logos, were to decree that
"Brazil" shirts were "their" Intel-
lectual Property and could not be
so worn? Papa!
But long gone are days when
anyone can use anything, in sports,
with any logo or brand-name they
see fit, to denote whatever they
T&T s Minister of Sport Anil
Roberts position, logic and rea-
soning are correct; that Caribbean
Premier League s "Red Steel"
should not, legally, use "Trinidad
& Tobago" in its name, as that
moniker is unique and reserved,
at least nowadays, for Trinidad &
Tobago s indigenous representative
teams. What is the difference
between "T&T Red Steel" and
"T&T Red Force?"
Easy! The latter was composed
only of indigenous T&T personnel,
but according to some, the two
teams are the same! Eh? What?
BTW, is "T&T" copyrighted?
Dwayne Bravo, same guy batting
in 2013 when WI screwed up
Champions Trophy s effort v South
Africa for a semi-final place, by
misunderstanding obvious Duck-
worth-Lewis notations, is defi-
nitely T&T s property, but there
was nothing intellectual or intel-
ligent about his imbecilic response
to the Minister!
Also, per geographic and demo-
graphic Caribbean, WICB has,
thankfully, correctly dis-approved
Director of Cricket Richard Pybus
proposed dissection of regional
teams; "player transfers."
Clearly, Pybus is ignorant of the
fact that West Indies is made
up of absolutely independent,
singular nations; countries; not
counties like Middlesex, from
which, as Coach, he quit in
2006, after authoritatively
managing Middlesex s demo-
tion into 2nd Division in Eng-
lish County Cricket!
Do these folks know nothing
else anything except maybe
Eons ago, while preparing
for WI Under-19 1971 Tourna-
ment, Berkley Gaskin, late
Guyana and WI cricketer, for-
mer WI manager, asked one of
Guyana s team, not me, as to
how he came to be wearing a
West Indies cap.
"Did you earn that cap,
young man?" asked Gaskin.
Ambitious, nonplussed and
embarrassed, my team-mate
removed it immediately!
If Berkley Gaskin was alive today,
he would probably die of shock on
seeing truck drivers, stevedores,
garbage-folks, maxi-taxi operators
all wearing WI-logoed parapher-
Sir Wes Hall, as Barbadian as
"Cockspur Rum", coaching in
Trinidad & Tobago late 1960 s,
Rohan Kanhai, coaching there too,
and David Holford, attending Uni-
versity of West Indies (St. Augus-
tine), all represented T&T in
regional 1st-class, four-day match-
es.Super-imposing then to now, I
could have ended up in jail, as my
warm-up shoes, not those special
ones used for proper games;
"Whitings" from Australia or
"Masons" from UK; but my warm-
uppers, were by "Adidas," while
my fitted t-shirts; no uniformed
track-suits then; were by "Nike"
and "Le Coq Sportif"!
I could even have cheated, like
some international batsmen con-
tinue to do, by taking better, some-
times hand-made bats from spe-
cific bat-makers, removing those
bat-makers logos, brands and
stickers, then replacing them with
logos, brands and stickers of com-
panies that the players are con-
Why bother so much, since
showing off the World Cup on a
helmet or using "Trinidad & Toba-
go" for teams must help with event
or country recognition, right?
This is a two-edged sword!
Name recognition, even if illegal,
is priceless, remembering that
mantra: "All publicity, even if bad,
is good!" But sport is no longer
games, just big business and
Do you recall the deafening
silence when telecommunications
giant "Digicel" replaced parallel
company "Cable & Wireless" in
sponsoring WI series? Neither
wanted to even hear the other s
These days, by the Minister s
description, Sir Wes would never
have played for T&T, as Sir Wes
never had a T&T passport, his
qualification being only that he
had lived there for three months!
I did not have a T&T passport
either when late captain Michael
"Joey" Carew propositioned me to
play in T&T s 1975/6 team while
I was studying navigation there!
If Guyana, Barbados, St Lucia
etc. allow their countries names
to be used in CPL team names, all
well and good, up to them, prob-
ably useful too, but they do defy
Intellectual Property Laws, what-
ever anyone thinks.
What is the big thing anyway?
This is the world of the Caribbean.
No-one really cares about any-
thing, while anyone can do any-
thing without remorse. Just ask
the police in any Caribbean coun-
July 27, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
Property and Nationality!'
Germany's Nico Rosberg forced to re-design World Cup helmet for German
Grand Prix after Fifa kick up fuss over copyright.
COLIN EH CROFT
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