Looks like there is some buzz around the Edina mascot logo.
About 40 years ago when there was an Edina East and West the booster club was having a contest to find a new mascot. Well, former Edina graduate Michael Otto thought of the hornet and drew it and came up with the design and color, and submitted he idea. Out of the 168 entries, his was picked as the winner.
In 1981, Otto go the copyright for his Edina Hornet sketch. The reason being, he didn't want other schools or universities that were also the Hornets to look at it and say that's a cool logo lets use it. Apparently 5 years ago is when the problems started and Otto has sent a cease and desist to the Edina school district, according to Kare 11. The reasoning is because he believes the school sold it to a company out of Arizona, and they gave permission for the company to use it and received money for using the logo on all types of items.
Edina school has released a statement and said, "Edina Public Schools is exploring options for its Hornet logo image after receiving a cease and desist letter in March from Michael Otto, the creator of the current Hornet logo copyright. The copyright agreement, signed in 1981, gives Otto rights to determine how the image is used and which vendors the District may contract with for uniforms and spirit wear that include the Hornet logo. Since receiving the cease and desist letter, the District has attempted to negotiate a more permissive agreement or obtain full rights to the copyright. So far, these attempts have been unsuccessful."
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