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2 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, May 14, 1997
State Rep. proposes bill to protect 'U' from bootlegged
Matt WeNer "U of M loses a lot of revenue when their logo is sold outside Michigan Stadium and by street ven- One local merchant, however, is not sold
Daily Staff Reporter used without permission," Profit said. "They must dors on South University fact that counterfeiting is such a serious offense.
Next fall, it may be harder to purchase bootleg raise tuition to cover (the loss). The ultimate loser is Avenue are illegal because "I know (bootlegging) has been a problem in
"Top 10 Reasons to Hate State" or "Top 10 Reasons the student." the vendors have not gamed past," said Dan Switzer, manager of Steve
Why Duke Sucks" t-shirts. The two proposed bills would enforce stricter proper licenses. Barry's Sportswear on State Street. "But not so bi
Legislation is being introduced in the Michigan penalties for offenders and rewrite laws to The two bills would also problem so as to need an immediate solution."
House of Representatives to quell illegal make enforcement easier, said James protect trademarks of other LSA senior Jennifer Redd said the problem
use of licensed trademarks, like the Kosteva, the University's director of commu- state professional sports not urgent and does not cause problems for m
University's famous block 'M' logo. nity relations. Kosteva said the current law, teams, colleges or corpora- chants.
"This will effect students in that they written in the 1920s, is too ambiguous to be tions selling merchandise in "I never saw it as a problem," Redd said. "T-
won't be subjected to rip-offs by out-of- effective. Michigan. h'don't sell shirts like (the bootleg versions) iic
staters selling unofficial U of M merchandise," "It will provide a cleaner definition for law "This legislation will ben- stores, so it's not like they're competing."
said Michigan House Rep. Kirk Profit (D- enforcement agencies," Kosteva said. efit any registered trademark pmft Profit said the new laws should be in place just
Ypsilanti), who is the spearheading the drive. Kosteva said that in order to be "legitimate," from U of M to the Pistons," time for the kickoff of next year's football season
Profit also said the legislation could keep ever- University paraphernalia must be liscensed by the said Kosteva. "it will also assist stores undercut by "We'll pass it in the House," Profit said. "It I
climbing tuition costs from skyrocketing. College Licensing Corporation. Most of the t-shirts fly-by-night operations that sell illegal shirts" unanimous support of the committee."

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University Relations Lisa Baker said
the University has the right to protect
material that relates to personnel issues.
"We believe very strongly that per-
sonnel records of faculty, students and
staff at the University remain confiden-
tial," Baker said. "This is a deeply held
principle at the University, and that is
why we would withhold everything
with regard to a personnel file."
Baker said she was unable to com-
ment further on the letter or the case.
Roberson and Senior Associate
Athletic Director Keith Molin were
unavailable for comment yesterday.
In March, the University admitted
relations between Michigan basketball
players and Martin violated two minor
NCAA regulations. In a report to the
NCAA outlining the violations, the
University said Fisher prevented the
program from making further viola-
tions involving contact with Martin.
The report states that Fisher restrict-
ed Martin from acquiring an apartment
for two team members and examined
an instance in which Martin attempted
to provide a player's family with air-
plane tickets.
In a statement released at that time,
Roberson criticized the coaching staff

for not reporting the incidents to hii
"While we are pleased that our. s
tem was able to prevent major viol
tions from occurring, we are disa
pointed that internal disciplines ai
reporting procedures did not re t
these activities coming to our attti
by an appropriate reporting proces
Roberson said in the statement.
Regent Daniel Horning (R-Grai
Haven) said the lawsuit's claims a
"I don't agree with the Ann Arb
News' suit (against the University) if
says that the public has a right to po
sonnel files," Horning said. "That's
personnel matter and you have t
the line somewhere.
"I fully support the fact that the
type of arrangements have remained
internal matters and have been kept p
Horning said he fully supports Fish
and that Fisher's job is no way in jeo
"It has been very difficult on Stes
and even more difficult on his fan-
ly," Horning said. "I'd like it lr n
We are conducting an external e
tigation. There is no need to have th
public fervor over personnel files at
memos. It's not fair. It's not fair
Steve, his family or the players. I'
getting tired of it."

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