Posts Tagged ‘cease’

MUNI Goes After the T-Shirts of a Harmless Local Blogger – The SFMTA Simply Can’t Manage Its Affairs

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

So Ed Reiskin went to Harvard so he could be a do-boy for Willie Brown / Gavin Newsom / Ed Lee?

It looks that way.

Hey, why isn’t the head of MUNI an elected position? Mmmm…

Anyway, here’s the latest. Our SFMTA / MUNI / DPT, speaking through the City Attorney’s Office, doesn’t like being made fun of, so they’re going after individual Zazzle T-shirt makers.

Read all about it here and here.

Via the N Judah Chronicles photostream

In related news, remember this one, about the MUNI* Death Spiral? Look to see who, along with Joe Eskenazi, wrote that.

In closing, MUNI sucks, even harder than you think.

*Man, the stuff hit the fan at MUNI after that bit came out. There was a big meeting presided over by the guy who preceded Ed Reiskin. Actually, that guy later claimed to have not even read that bit. Anyway, this epic meeting that never happened is now enshrined in local lore. Ask your favorite City Family member about it sometime.  

Kaiser Permanente is Just Begging to be Sued by the New York MTA

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

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See those letters in solid-colored circles at the bottom of the Kaiser Permanente “thrive” bus stop ad near Geary and Gough? That just might earn Kaiser a cease and desist letter from Lester G. Freundlich, Senior Associate Counsel, Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Just check out beloved local website Muni Diaries here and here to learn of the metaphorical long-distance beat-down 40WithEgg recently received all the way from the Empire State.

The problem comes from using circled capital letters while referencing a transit theme.

Well let’s see dare ah, you’se got an “A,” in dare - what’s youse guys doin’ wit our freaking “A”? Click to expand:

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Of course, you’d think that Kaiser would have looked at this issue already, but you never know.

These days, Joe Moore appears to be off of the thin ice for now, but who knows what the future will bring. Will he get sued by MUNI?

Possibly. Oh well.

Give those New Yawkers Hell, Joe. And Kaiser, you too.

Let’s close with a sample of a scary cease and desist letter. Cheers.

Dear Mr. Smith:

Your above store was selling through website www.Cafeshops.com a variety of T-shirts based upon Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s trademarks for various routes of the New York City subway system.

The symbols for the routes of the New York City subway system are MTA intellectual property which may not be used on products without a license from MTA. In the absence of a license for these products, you must immediately cease to sell the unlicensed products.

On the basis of the above, at MTA’s demand, www.cafeshops.com has removed your shop from its site.

This is to demand that, if you are manufacturing or selling these products through any other channel, you must cease and desist immediately.

Please respond immediately in writing to me at the address indicated below or by email at the address indicated below, by completing the applicable statements on page 2 and returning this letter to me.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Lester G. Freundlich
Senior Associate Counsel
Metropolitan Transportation Authority

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Poor Angelina Jolie Reduced to Shilling for the Cultured Pearl Industry in San Francisco

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

Here’s the problem: You become famous and then everybody wants to use your image to sell stuff, whether you (and your agent) get paid or not.

Check out this large poster used to promote the idea of wearing “PEARLS” that just happens to right outside a jewelry store on Post Street called Miseki. Is this shot from an ad campaign, or did somebody Photoshop a red-carpet paparazzi photo?

Either way, poor Angelina might not be getting her fair share of the cut. Sadly, Kiera Knightly’s visage is similarly being used by the same store.

The perils of fame!

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