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07-25-2013, 12:46 PM
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Originally Posted by santiclaws View Post
No. Owners don't own the logo copyrights, the NHL does. Even if it didn't, it would be routine to transfer all intellectual property with the team sale.
There have been issues with the Ducks in the past since the team was based on an independent intellectual property created by Disney. They had to drop the Mighty from the name when Disney sold the team for example as Disney maintained the rights to "The Mighty Ducks." There's also all the issues for years and years with the Hartford Whalers. For years the state of Connecticut owned naming rights and refused to sell it to the NHL, which led to the Whalers never being included in merchandise or any of the video games for a number of years. So yes it in fact happens... Most times it's as routine as you say but in some cases it's not.

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