University of Oregon - Duck - Premium Bath Toy Collectible
Beginning in 1940, cartoon drawings of Puddles in student publications began to resembleDonald Duck, and by 1947,Walt Disneywas aware of the issue. Capitalizing on his friendship with Disney cartoonist Mike Royer, Oregonathletic directorLeo Harrismet Disney and reached an informal handshake agreement that granted theUniversity of Oregonpermission to use Donald as its sports mascot, naming him Donald Duck.
WhenDisneylawyers later questioned the agreement in the 1970s, the university produced a photo showing Harris and Disney wearing matching jackets with an Oregon Donald logo.Relying on the photo as evidence of Disney's wishes, in 1973, both parties signed a formal agreement granting the university the right to use Donald's likeness as a symbol for (and restricted to) Oregon sports.The agreement gave Disney control over where the mascot could perform and ensured that the performer inside the costume would "properly represent the Donald Duck character."
In 2010, Disney and the university reached an agreement that removed the costumed Oregon Duck mascot from its association with the Donald trademark, and allowed The Duck to make more public appearances, such as at college mascot competitions.The mascot ingraphic art, which is more similar to Donald Duck than the rounder head and body of the costume, is still covered by the trademark agreement.