The Orlando Sentinel reports that “a couple of years ago,” Seminole County’s Lake Mary High School made the curious decision to ditch its previous mascot (now known as “the old goat”), and adopt the Dodge Ram logo as its own. Chrysler only just found out, thanks to a local tipster, despite the logo’s presence on gym floors, t-shirts and athletic uniforms. Needless to say, a cease-and-desist showed up, and Lake Mary will be having to live with “the old goat” from now on. As Chrysler’s lawyer puts it [via Overlawyered]:
As I am sure you can appreciate from your years of work with the board, control of use of a mark by enthusiastic students and parents is quite simply not practical, and I know the school and board would not want to be in the position of censoring student expression associated with the design,
Plus, it’s a great opportunity to teach the kids that stealing registered trademarks isn’t smart. But the real interesting angle is what this says about the Ram logo. The design was clearly compelling enough to be worth copying, but the fact that nobody recognized it as the logo of a vehicle brand (for “a couple of years” anyway) is… bizarre.