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Rosberg forced to change World Cup helmet by FIFA

Jul 17, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

© Nico Rosberg © Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg has been forced to change his special one-off helmet design for the German Grand Prix after a complaint by FIFA.

Following Germany’s 1-0 win over Argentina in last weekend’s World Cup final, Rosberg had planned to run with a unique lid at Hockenheim this weekend in tribute of the victory. It featured the German flag, four stars – one for each of Germany’s World Cup wins – and the World Cup trophy itself.

However, by putting the World Cup on there, FIFA claimed that it was in breach of its copyright, and asked the Mercedes team to remove it.

“Too bad, I would have liked to carry the trophy on my helmet as a tribute to the guys,” Rosberg tweeted. “But I respect the legal situation.”

Rosberg has since removed the trophy, and instead put a large fourth star in the centre of the design.

Here’s the before and after:

Trust FIFA to spoil the party. That said, back in 2006, Jarno Trulli ran with this design following Italy’s win over France. Nothing was said then…

Speaking in the press conference about the change, Rosberg made no secret of his disappointment: “Yeah, all the things you have to think of, it’s amazing, even the trophy has its trademark. I was surprised, but of course I fully understand.

“It was a pity because it looked really cool with the trophy on the top. It’s replaced now with a big star, and no-one can take that away from us. That’s ours!”

  1. convincedofthehex - Jul 17, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Sepp Blatter, making Bernie look reasonable.

  2. manik56 - Jul 17, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Should have used it amyway. How is FIFA going to show damages? I hate copyright law.

  3. indycarseries500 - Jul 17, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Shouldn’t have posted it on Twitter.

  4. techmeister1 - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Copyright laws exist to protect art. Since the trophy image is copyright protected, not only should it not be used without written permission, the copyright holder has a legal responsibility to prevent the unauthorized use of this art. Failure to stop unauthorized use means the copyright holder can lose their copyright. Nico understands and respects the law. He’s a class act.

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