Recently, a trio of Alberta politicians made headlines with a T-shirt that parodied Nine Inch Nails‘ iconic “NIN” logo. Just the other day, though, Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson suggested that Trent Reznor’s camp had sent a cease and desist over the shirts. Now, the offices of Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley have shed light on the issue.
As previously thought, Reznor’s representatives did indeed contact the politicians to oppose the shirts. It doesn’t seem, however, that the musician is particularly concerned about the use of the NIN logo by the Alberta politicians. Those original shirts — which were made to celebrate a meet-up between Iveson, Nenshi and Notley — were only made in a run of three and were personal gifts.
Rather, Reznor seems to be upset because someone unconnected with the politicians began making and selling these “Notley-Iveson-Nenshi” shirts.
“Representatives from Trent Reznor wrote Mayor Nenshi a very polite letter that we received this week,” said Nenshi’s office in a statement. “In that letter, they expressed concern over the use of the logo on T-shirts that are being sold by a third party that is not connected to either Mayor Nenshi or his office.”
Nenshi additionally told Global News, “Apparently it seems some people have been selling this T-shirt. Don’t do that. That’s not the point. And I can see why anyone would be upset by that. So if you’re someone on a website selling this T-shirt, quit it.”
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,'” spokesperson Cheryl Oates told Global.
The spokesperson added that no legal proceedings were underway.
Meanwhile, hopefully no one tells Mötley Crüe that someone is selling those Nötley Crüe campaign shirts also.