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Flexing a little authoritarian muscle

Some UT students had "Vols for Bush" stickers confiscated by UT Police before last week's Homecoming football game. Some have claimed that it was a politically motivated move. It's possible, I suppose, but more likely it's a case of the University using it's power to control anything that they feel resembles one of their number one revenue sources: their registered logo.
Michael Young, coordinator for UT's trademark licensing office, said the stickers violated the trademark not only for the word "Vol," but also for the orange and white checkerboard pattern as seen in the football endzones. UT also has trademarks for the phrases "Big Orange Country" and "Go Vols," among others, Young said.
I'm not sure how a geometric pattern like the checkerboard can be trademarked, but ok, we'll take your word for it.

Does anyone else see the irony of the College Republicans having their free speech impeded by the University of Tennessee? No? Ok, it's just me then.

I may not agree with the politics of the College Republicans, but I certainly support the right of a University-recognized organization to call themselves "Vols" and declare what it is they support in the same breath. Especially when they are not seeking a profit or abusing their position for personal financial gain.

Speaking of which...Vols for Beer.

Addendum:
I nearly forgot; you should read what the College Republicans are saying about it too. Nathan, John, and Adrienne.
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9/28/2004 10:45 PM Blogger infozo

If Harley Davidson can trademark the distinctive rumbling sound of their engines, endzone abstractions (when used in conjunction with other iconography) can count, too. Hell, we've got to give those burgeoning UT Law classes something to do to earn a buck and *really* support the Republicans, right?    



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