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Florida State University

It’s a warm Friday afternoon on Florida State University’s campus in Tallahassee. Maintenance workers are cleaning the sidewalks with pressure washers in front of one of the school’s campus coffee shops. Students here are reacting to the university’s attempt to “clean up” its iconic Osceola emblem.

Sophomore Carlene Gonzalez-Brown isn’t sure why the university felt the need to change the logo. She feels more emotionally connected to the classic Osceola head but she admits ultimately what and where she studies is more important than the logo that represents the school.

FSU to sue over copyright infringment

May 11, 2012

Florida State University is joining 14 other universities in bringing a lawsuit against a Georgia firm. Ryan Benk reports FSU claims the company is violating their trademark rights.

The Georgia company Signature Designs originally held a license to use the FSU logo. But, after university officials found discrepancies in their financial reporting in 2008, they terminated their contract. A lawyer representing the universities, Charlie Henn, says his clients discovered the trademark infringement after an online investigation.