The answer was no.
"We really want a buffer around the duck," Organisak said, and the artist doesn't allow corporate sponsors.
Such issues led to one spat.
Joe Wos, the founder of the downtown cartoon museum ToonSeum, celebrated the duck's pending arrival by creating a T-shirt with a duck image and the words "Quack N'At," a play on the popular Pittsburgh slang for "and that."
Wos received a cease-and-desist order from the Cultural Trust.
"It definitely surprised me quite a bit. It was shocking," Wos said. "Rubber ducks have been around for almost 100 years."
Wos says he refused to "quack down" and has kept selling the shirts, which also relate to a pop-up rubber duck exhibit at the ToonSeum.
The Cultural Trust is also selling official duck T-shirts, as well as magnets, buttons and baseball hats.
Wos said he has no hard feelings. "It's a big yellow rubber duck. You've got to have a sense of humor about a thing like this, or you're missing the point."