If you see something, sue someone

By · Published in 2011

With the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks dominating the news lately, various anti-terrorism efforts have made headline. The MTA, of course, has burned their “See something, say something” campaign into our collective consciousness over the past few years, and they’ve licensed it to transit and security agences around the world. Now and then, though, groups use it or a derivative slogan without permission, and the authority doesn’t like that.

As The Post detailed last week, the MTA moved to trademark the slogan in 2007 and is now challenging a t-shirt retailers’ attempt and an online security firm’s effort to do the same. Over the years, the MTA has gone after numerous copycats — including a few universities — who haven’t requested permission. Allen Kay, head of the Korey Kay & Partners agency, is steamed when others steal his work too. “I don’t think they have a right to it,” he said. “I live for original ideas. It galls me anytime someone does something derivative — or outright steals. I think that’s despicable.”

Categories : Asides, Subway Security

One Response to “If you see something, sue someone”

  1. David says:

    The Security Industry, since 9/11, is a multi-billion dollar entity that will only grow. Yes, it employs people but its huge cost is paid by all of us.
    In reality, cockpit doors are now secured but it’s also nearly impossible to guarantee some whacko won’t do something again. The abundant visible presence of security apparently is acceptable to the average person who doesn’t want to see their taxes for schools go up.
    Fear changes people’s priorities.

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