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FIFA block Rosberg's World Cup helmet

Thursday 17-July-2014 14:02

Nico Rosberg has been forced to change the design of his special German World Cup helmet that he was to run at this weekend's German GP.

The Mercedes driver plans to run a helmet commemorating German's victory last Sunday in the football World Cup.

The first design was in the colours of the German flag and featured the World Cup trophy.

However, FIFA, football's world governing body, objected to the design based on intellectual property rights.

Rosberg's manager Georg Nolte confirmed on Twitter that it has now been changed and will instead feature a star for each of German's World Cup wins.

He tweeted: "There will be an update on @nico_rosberg's Germany helmet design today. Will be without #WorldCuptrophy. BUT with 4 stars on it."

FIFA have defended their decision.

Speaking to Press Association Sport, a FIFA spokesperson said: "FIFA is obliged to take action against any unauthorised reproduction of its intellectual property in a commercial context.

"If FIFA would not follow up on any potential infringements of its intellectual property, it would risk losing its legal right and title to such works, thereby endangering the foundation of its commercial programme which is driven primarily by the access to, and usage of, our brand marks, including the FIFA World Cup trophy.

"An example of the strength of FIFA's intellectual property assets is reflected by recent research in seven key global markets where the FIFA World Cup trophy recorded an average recognition level of 83 per cent.

"These levels are significantly higher than any other sporting trophies.

"As a result, we cannot allow a commercially branded helmet to feature the FIFA World Cup trophy as this would jeopardise the rights of our commercial affiliates.

"We appreciate Nico Rosberg's desire to congratulate the German team and have therefore been in discussions with the Rosberg team to attempt to find a solution, whereby he is still able to show his support for Germany without using FIFA intellectual property in a commercial context."

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