Nine Inch Nails fans who were upset over the use of the band’s logo by three Albertan politicians can rest easy: Frontman Trent Reznor’s lawyers have sent a “polite letter” expressing their concern.
The T-shirts initially caught the attention of fans last month after a tweet featuring Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley was sent out on June 23 by the mayor’s chief of staff.
The shirt features the Nine Inch Nails logo, but reads “Notley Iveson Nenshi”—naming the premier, Edmonton’s Mayor Don Iveson and Nenshi—with the tag line “Building Alberta Together.”
Mayor Nenshi’s office said the original three shirts were personal gifts printed for the politicians, and are “not the concern here.”
They became a concern after someone started to print the shirts on their own accord and sell them.
Premier Notley’s office confirmed she also received a letter from Reznor’s lawyers.
He basically just said, “Please don’t use our logo – don’t use it for any purposes. It’s protected.”
No further legal action is being taken at this time, but the moral of the story here is, don’t knock off someone’s logo and expect it to be okay… mmmkay?