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    Question Ripped Off Logos

    I saw a high schooler wearing a bird in a blenderesq hoodie... I didn't get a chance to ask them what school it was but it got me thinking how many are out there? Wisconsin makes such a big deal about the motion W, and K-State charges high schools 1 dollar a year to use their cat... I wonder if we keep tabs on places using our cy logos. Anyone know of any other High Schools that use ISU stuff?

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    Re: Ripped Off Logos

    Holy ****, schools are paying $10 a decade for the wildcat! That's unreal. Cedar Rapids Kennedy must have paid nearly 100 since its inception!


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    Re: Ripped Off Logos

    Quote Originally Posted by cloneswereall View Post
    Holy ****, schools are paying $10 a decade for the wildcat! That's unreal. Cedar Rapids Kennedy must have paid nearly 100 since its inception!
    K-State may be nice about it but Wisconsin for example is not. If I am not mistaken, Waukee High School was forced to either pony up or change their logo 5 or so years ago. Not sure which they chose.



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    Re: Ripped Off Logos

    Quote Originally Posted by CyFan61 View Post
    K-State may be nice about it but Wisconsin for example is not. If I am not mistaken, Waukee High School was forced to either pony up or change their logo 5 or so years ago. Not sure which they chose.
    They changed i believe. It was dumb though. There were clear differences in the way they did their W logos. There were similarities, but how many ways can you really differentiate a freakin' letter? Was easier to just change though than pay to fight it.



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    Re: Ripped Off Logos

    Yes, the Wisconsin thing was kind of dumb, I mean I don't think you should be able to say you can't use a single letter. Now, the two logos in the first post are very clearly near identical to Iowa State's so I wonder if they have at least asked for permission and if we've charged anything for their use?



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    Re: Ripped Off Logos

    We drive through wherever East Greene is on the way to Okoboji sometimes, and they have a green walking Cy painted on their press box.


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    Re: Ripped Off Logos

    Our newest version of Cy is a direct ripoff of Buckly from Wisconsin, does that count?



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    Re: Ripped Off Logos

    Quote Originally Posted by CyFan61 View Post
    K-State may be nice about it but Wisconsin for example is not. If I am not mistaken, Waukee High School was forced to either pony up or change their logo 5 or so years ago. Not sure which they chose.
    Omaha Westside must not have gotten the message. Unless Wiskey got some payolla for this:




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    Re: Ripped Off Logos

    Quote Originally Posted by cyowa View Post
    Omaha Westside must not have gotten the message. Unless Wiskey got some payolla for this:

    The point in the center of the W is different, could be just enough to avoid the issue.



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    Re: Ripped Off Logos

    Urbandale used the Kansas Jayhawk logo and had to switch it from walking right to walking to the left. Now they have "adjusted" the Miami Logo



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    Re: Ripped Off Logos

    Quote Originally Posted by murrayse View Post
    The point in the center of the W is different, could be just enough to avoid the issue.
    The middle of waukee's was different too, but they still came after them.



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    Re: Ripped Off Logos

    If you are concerned that someone is using an unlicensed ISU trademark, notify the Iowa State University Trademark Licensing Office.

    Contact and Comments : Trademark Licensing Office

    It is important for any organization to protect their trademarks because if someone can prove that they haven't adequately defended it, the floodgates are pretty much opened.


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    Re: Ripped Off Logos

    Quote Originally Posted by JUKEBOX View Post
    They kept the top, but got rid of the blender part.



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    Re: Ripped Off Logos

    Quote Originally Posted by clones26 View Post
    Urbandale used the Kansas Jayhawk logo and had to switch it from walking right to walking to the left. Now they have "adjusted" the Miami Logo

    While Urbandale's J-Hawk is inspired by the Kansas Jayhawk logo, if you compare them side by side, they are noticeably different.

    I know both of their logos are registered trademarks at the state level and the school contacted both Kansas and Miami when they made the logos.

    Check their website j-hawks.com



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