WE'RE BEING SUED.
Well. Maybe we're not getting sued. It's really tough to say. I received a nasty letter from some organization I'd never heard of, citing a rule that was similarly unfamiliar.
It seems to be the University of Florida has trademarked the word GATORS, and that as such, it is against the law to make a shirt, with university colors, that says GATOR on it, because you are infringing upon their trademark.
It makes sense that I can't make a shirt that says -University of Florida- on it, because I am not in fact, the University of Florida.
It makes sense that I can't make a shirt that says "Gators", using the trademark UF font and coloring.
But legal action because I used the word -GATOR-, on a T-Shirt? What if I just liked reptiles, and the colors orange and blue?
This is such an odd country that I can make a shirt that says "KILL BABIES. ESPECIALLY THE UGLY ONES." and suffer absolutely no repercussions, but if I use the singular form of the word GATORS on an orange and blue shirt..."This information will be used to determine the amount of damages and legal costs due for your company’s unauthorized use of the Marks. "
the letter, in it's entirety, in case you are bored.
on the feedback I received, hardly anyone knew that UF was ranked #2 in
the Kiplinger Academic review. Now, as a result of my video, as of today
(1/6) nearly 105,000 people have been informed. That's a good thing. I've
had positive feedback from within the University, and even Kiplinger itself.
I'm pretty sure this is not -bad- press for the University of Florida.
It is fairly likely
that someone has purchased drinks from Gator
Spirits & Fine Wines and then gone and Gator DUIed, or maybe Gator
Domestic Batteried or worse. What's the worst thing a person wearing one
of these shirts has ever done? This is the association that the CLC wants
to clamp down on? Come on, really.
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