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Re: MTA Demands Slice of the Action at Brooklyn Bagel Shop or Else

Posted by Allan on Tue Mar 15 10:21:15 2005, in response to Re: MTA Demands Slice of the Action at Brooklyn Bagel Shop or Else, posted by Max Roberts on Tue Mar 15 09:18:35 2005.

As I mentioned in another posting I work for a large International financial institution. Our symbol is an Octagon and is trademarked because the format of it is unique (and not just a plain octagon). Just looking at it the average perason will probably know what company it represents. The same can be said of the the combination of numbers/letters and colors that the MTA uses to represent the subway lines.

"For example, if I were to write a guidebook to NY and use NYC Subway bullets, could MTA insist a payment."

I think they probably would if you used the exact same combinations.
If you were to use black and white symbols only you could make a case that it wasn't covered under the copyright.

I'm going to cite another example. When areas of my company (including my own) was being relocated from downtown Manhattan to the waterfront in Jersey City, I wrote a 12 page guide to how to get to there from anywhere in 4 boros via the subway to PATH (I had every transfer point, staircases, where to be on the platform). As originally written I used the MTA symbols. While it was an internal publication I decided that since they had copyrighted the symbols and I didn't want to bother them to get permission I opted for plain numbers/letters. To "complicate " matters any work I do for my company is considered "intellectual property" so I didn't want to violate any rules of any kind.


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