Green Forest logo dispute settled

Friday, March 7, 2014 ~ Updated 4:26 PM

GREEN FOREST -- Earlier this week, the Green Forest Public Schools and the Collegiate Licensing Co. came to an agreement on the use of the Tiger logo at no cost or inconvenience to the school district.

Last year, Superintendent Matt Summers received a cease and desist order that claimed the Green Forest Tigers logo is nearly identical to the University of Missouri's; the college is represented by the CLC. The letter demanded that Green Forest change its school logo.

The letter resulted in public outcry from educators, students and community members.

A letter from James D. Aronowitz, associate general counsel for the CLC, to Summers dated March 4 states, "On behalf of the University, please accept this letter as a non-exclusive, non-transferable, royalty-free authorization to use the University's Tiger Head trademark to the extent it is a) incorporated into the GFPS logo and b) used in connection with GFPS-related apparel and GFPS-related educational and entertainment services."

For more details on the agreement, read the March 11 Midweek edition of Carroll County News.

CCN Reporter Landon Reeves contributed to this story.

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  • So in other words, they caved and realized they had no leg to stand on. Great job GF school board and Dr. Summers!

    -- Posted by bosshawg on Fri, Mar 7, 2014, at 6:09 PM
  • No....It says...... (to use the University's Tiger Head trademark) In no way are agreeing that the two are different. In fact, they are still saying they are the same. Terrible job GF school board and Dr. Summers of setting a terrible example for our children that its okay to infringe on other schools trademarks and copyrights. What you need to say is; Thank you to the University of Missouri for letting Green Forest use their logo. And I still say, Green Forest should get their own logo, and get something original.

    -- Posted by okaybut on Wed, Mar 12, 2014, at 3:08 PM
  • Here's a question for bosshawg. Would it now be okay with you if another high school in Arkansas used the Green Forest logo? I mean exactly the same logo, right down to the whiskers? I didn't think so.

    -- Posted by okaybut on Wed, Mar 12, 2014, at 3:15 PM
  • You couldn't be more wrong okaybut. I don't know what your problem is with Green Forest or Dr. Summers but you need to get over it. The logos are very different. A little similar? Sure. But not enough for Mizzou to be able to make GF quit using their logo. They had to prove they were losing revenue because of the GF logo. They couldn't, so they caved and tried to save face by saying they would allow them to use it.

    As for setting an example for our children, I say good job. Fight for what you know is right. Don't cave in to the bullies. No ones logo was infringed on. If you can't see the differences you need glasses or a mental evaluation, one or the other.

    As for you question about someone using the same logo, no, I wouldn't like it. But as any person with normal vision can see, the logos are not identical. There are many differences.

    Wait. Look. Logo 6D. Just like Berryville's minus the paw. Maybe you should tell Berryville they need to get their own logo and be original.

    How does your foot taste?

    -- Posted by bosshawg on Fri, Mar 14, 2014, at 2:49 PM
  • You're the blind one. They are the same, just turned around. But Missouri uses their logo in both directions, on their football helmets. I'll tell any school and any child to be original and stop copying. Didn't you ever get in trouble in school for copying? No, I guess not, or maybe you just didn't get caught.

    -- Posted by okaybut on Tue, Mar 18, 2014, at 2:25 PM
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