It apparently wanted to pre-record the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra's version of a performance for the opening ceremony and then have someone other than the VSO and its actual and much esteemed conductor, Bramwell Tovey, pretend to perform the recorded performance. In other words, deception and "passing off" on an Olympic scale.
Pre-recording is one thing - and it was necessarily done during President Obama's inauguration because it was about -20 degrees celsius outside and Stradivarius fiddles and 'cellos and Leblanc clarinets and Steinway pianos don't work too well or last very long in such conditions. But at least the real performers were present and got credit.
Here's the story.
Tovey, to his great credit, refused this offer. He said:
"In our field, for you to plagiarize somebody else's recording - to mime it and pretend that it's you - is absolutely on a par with Ben Johnson's fraud. ... It's non-Olympian in spirit and VANOC really should have known better."VANOC has backed down, apologized, and made a presumably much more legitimate proposal to the VSO, which has been accepted.
This follows reports earlier this week that professional singer-songwriter Nicole Scoffield was told she had to assign her copyright to VANOC before her song was even looked at for potential use in the Vancouver Olypmic Games in 2010. Oops, I did it again - combining all those words.
So, let the criticism and parody continue at an even faster, higher and stronger level.