The Collector: Politicians using Nine Inch Nails logo on shirts hit with cease and desist

The Canadian political trio that used the Nine Inch Nails logo on gimmicky shirts have been issued a cease and desist. Late last month, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson, and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi — NIN, woo! — created specialty baseball tees with the industrial band’s logo and their names with the tagline “Building Alberta Together.”

The fun did not last long, reports the CBC. Though NIN’s Trent Reznor did not make any public statements about the shirts, the politicians were informed by someone that the garments could send the trio into a downward spiral of copyright infringement lawsuits.

From the CBC, via SPIN:

Mayor Don Iveson offered a laugh but no comment when asked if he had received one of the NIN shirts.

On Monday, Iveson had just one word on the topic of the infamous shirts: “infringement.”

“We got advice that there were some concerns about the trademark and essentially to cease and desist,” he said. As for whether he received one of the T-shirts, Iveson responded with a laugh. “On the advice of my attorney, I can’t comment.”

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s office says it is not aware of any legal ramifications, and only three shirts were made with no intention of producing on a large scale for retail.

File under: “Something I Can Never Have”