Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Gardner Edgerton forced to give up "Longhorn" Logo
After adopting a "Longhorn" logo similar to that used by the University of Texas, Gardner Edgerton High School will switch to a different logo after facing heat from the University. Texas cited that Edgerton's logo was too similar to its own, and asked the high school to adopt a new logo on the center on its gym floor.
While Gardner goes back to the drawing board in search of a new logo, Texas' position on this subject needs to be examined. While copying a college logo may violate copyright infringes, it is done by thousands of high schools across the country. I've seen high school teams on TV or in person who share not only a similar mascot and logo with a well-known college team, but the same color schemes as well.
Gardner Edgerton used a different color scheme than Texas, and at least have the decency to ask for the University's permission to use the famous Longhorn look. Maybe Texas should let a small high school in Kansas have its fun, and worry about more pressing issues facing the University. Soon, saying "Hook Em Horns" may be enough to solicit a fine.