MADISON (WKOW) -- The University of Wisconsin-Madison says any Bucky Badger seen protesting at the state Capitol is a knockoff of the school's mascot.
Recently, someone in a Bucky costume has been taking part in the noon-time sing-along at the Capitol.
UW Trademark and Licensing Director Cindy Van Matre says fans can tell the Bucky is fake based on its "puffy features, odd coloring and sloppy sweater."
The costumes are being sold online by an unlicensed provider and Van Matre said the university began efforts to end sales by that company. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that UW officials directed the school's licensing agent, Collegiate Licensing Co., to send a cease-and-desist letter to the company.
Van Matre says students who "represent Bucky in costume appear at hundreds of events each year with only good will and UW-Madison spirit in mind. Bucky does not take sides on political issues."
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