Did you know there was a "Girls of OSU" swimsuit calendar? I didn't. But I do now, thanks to this WKYC "news" story (HT: Ohio State Online). For the full story, you need to click a link to the video of the story, but in short: some people are putting together a calendar of OSU girls in bikinis, and OSU isn't wild about this. Near as I can tell, it was a slow newsday, and they needed to fill a couple minutes on the news, so they found this excuse to get girls in bikinis on the air. Not that there's anything wrong with that. On the contrary, I encourage it.
I'm wondering if there's anything OSU can do about this calendar, if they want to. I realize they could stop them if the calendar uses trademarks without permission, but can a public institution do much if someone's selling a product that uses their name? I'm not a lawyer (I don't even play one on TV), but I was under the impression that the government was generally along for the ride on things like this. Otherwise, couldn't they effectively censor literature they don't approve of?
I dunno. If someone who knows about this stuff cares to comment, I'd be interested to know. And whether you're interested in trademark law or not, the above link has a few pictures of women in bikinis, so you can check that out, if that's your thing. And you can buy the calendar when it comes out. If it comes out. Who knows, I may be in line with you.