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#1 RedHell

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 01:08 PM

UT trademark police call foul over possible infringement

As part of the "wear red" frenzy for Saturday's Texas-Nebraska game in Lincoln, one company was selling T-shirts and hoodies to Cornhuskers fans with an ".01" on the back and an inverted longhorn's head on the front.

The Red Out Shirts creation marketed by J&S Distributing was either a big hit with fans or took a big hit from the University of Texas. On Tuesday, a website selling the merchandise no longer displayed any pictures, only a terse message that the merchandise was sold out.

"That may be their way of responding without responding," said Craig Westemeier, director of UT's trademark licensing. Texas, through the legal department of its licensing partner, the Collegiate Licensing Company, recently informed J&S Distributing that the logo might infringe on a Longhorns trademark.

The ":01" refers to the one second placed back on the game clock last year after Texas quarterback Colt McCoy had thrown an incomplete pass out of bounds in the final seconds. That set the stage for a game-winning 46-yard field goal that gave Texas a 13-12 win over Nebraska in the Big 12 championship game.

The .01 was not a problem for Texas. The upside-down Longhorn logo was a different story.

The Longhorn logo is one of the popular trademarks used by Texas, which now collects more in royalties than any other university. Last year UT became the first school to break the $10 million mark in annual royalties. Anyone who potentially infringes on a UT trademark from a Mom and Pop store to a big corporation is likely to hear about it.

"It depends on the issue, on how big it is. We have different processes," Westemeier said. "We usually give people time to respond."

Westemeier said Texas has not yet received a direct response from J&S.

When contacted through its web site e-mail, a J&S representative replied to the American-Statesman, "We are not interested in any interviews."

Westemeier said he wasn't sure if the matter would be resolved before Saturday's game.

It's not the first time Texas has defended its longhorn logo.

Early in 2007, Aggieland Outfitters which had been selling merchandise for about a decade featuring a "Saw 'Em Off" slogan and a longhorn shorn of its horns was sued by Texas, charging trademark infringement. In June of that year, the two parties settled; Aggieland Outfitters changed the logo and paid the University of Texas $25,000.

"(The University of Texas System) spent so much money trying to work this thing out, and it ultimately came down to two nostrils, a patch of forehead hair and a little money," a spokesman for Aggieland Outfitters said at the time.

Aggieland Outfitters still sells merchandise with a revised logo and the same slogan.

'It's still very popular," Aggieland store manager Meghann Reynolds said. "We've got T-shirts, hats, dartboards, stuffed animals. We have a little Bevo with its horns sawed off."


(Fucking copyright laws are a mess to figure out, but the Fair Use Doctrine would probably make this case pretty interesting, if the marketing company shows some balls, then again it would cost alot of fucking money for lawyers to win.)
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Posted 13 October 2010 - 08:45 PM

Here is what the solution was for the saw'em off version:

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 09:08 PM

Get that cash any way you can, assholes.
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Posted 13 October 2010 - 09:17 PM

what's the problem? it's there Logo, whether its upside down or not.

this topic should read, FUCK THE LAWYERS!

there was an idiot in holdrege , ne, who , while I won't name names(HE OWNED THE BOWLING ALLY) opened up this stupid hot dog joint and called it Wiener World... except it had the McDonalds emblem upside down for its sign. guess how long that lasted? before McDonalds caught wind of it.. about .......that long.Posted Image

of course you have all heard that story before... if your an ol timer on redout.

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 06:21 AM

there was an idiot in holdrege , ne, who , while I won't name names(HE OWNED THE BOWLING ALLY) opened up this stupid hot dog joint and called it Wiener World...

LH just pitched a tent.

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 08:51 AM

what's the problem? it's there Logo, whether its upside down or not.

this topic should read, FUCK THE LAWYERS!

there was an idiot in holdrege , ne, who , while I won't name names(HE OWNED THE BOWLING ALLY) opened up this stupid hot dog joint and called it Wiener World... except it had the McDonalds emblem upside down for its sign. guess how long that lasted? before McDonalds caught wind of it.. about .......that long.Posted Image

of course you have all heard that story before... if your an ol timer on redout.


Weve heard every story multiple times.... did you hear about the guy that got a free hockey jersey for a handjob? At least I think thats what it was.....

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 09:46 AM


what's the problem? it's there Logo, whether its upside down or not.

this topic should read, FUCK THE LAWYERS!

there was an idiot in holdrege , ne, who , while I won't name names(HE OWNED THE BOWLING ALLY) opened up this stupid hot dog joint and called it Wiener World... except it had the McDonalds emblem upside down for its sign. guess how long that lasted? before McDonalds caught wind of it.. about .......that long.Posted Image

of course you have all heard that story before... if your an ol timer on redout.


Weve heard every story multiple times.... did you hear about the guy that got a free hockey jersey for a handjob? At least I think thats what it was.....

bwahahahhahahhahahah
i don't think it was free.....happy ending handjob and some meteors were the payment

oh, and i think the guy got to sleep with his wife or something like that....i can't remember
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Posted 14 October 2010 - 11:20 AM

I wanted to make a shit ton of urinal mints with the Longhorn logo on them and put them in all the urinals in Lincoln.

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 03:16 PM

We are so damn classy.

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