Politicians in Canada who recently adopted the logo of industrial-rock band Nine Inch Nails for a new political campaign have reportedly been hit with a cease and desist order by Trent Reznor.
The logo has been used by Rachel Notley (the Premier of Alberta), Don Iveson (Mayor of Edmonton) and Naheed Nenshi (Mayor of Calgary), whose surname initials make up ‘NIN’, with the trio printing T-shirts with the logo along with their names Notley Iveson Nenshi and the slogan “Building Alberta Together”.
However, Iveson recently told CBC that there had been an “infringement” with their use of the logo.
Iveson added: “We got advice that there were some concerns about the trademark and essentially to cease and desist.”
Asked if he received a shirt, he laughed and said: “On the advice of my attorney, I can’t comment”.
Previously, Notley sold T-shirts with “Notley Crüe” on the front.
See an image of the NIN T-shirts below.
— Chima Nkemdirim (@chimaincalgary) June 23, 2015
Meanwhile, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor recently spoke about Apple Music following the launch of the new streaming service on last week (June 30).
Reznor served as Chief Creative Officer for Beats prior to its acquisition by tech giant Apple. The musician has since occupied a similar role at Apple Music, helping design the platform and its new Beats 1 radio station.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Reznor said he continued his involvement with the company after the Apple merger because “anything that makes music more important to people is worth it”.
He continued: “People aren’t going to suddenly want to buy CDs again and feel good about overpaying for them. That’s a fact. Most of my peers have swallowed the bitter pill that I have swallowed, which is that you don’t make a lot of money selling music these days.
“I think having access to all the music in the world is great, but it then starts to place a burden on what the experience is like navigating through, now that you have access to everything. I think that naturally places the burden on having an experience be great.”
Reznor added: “I want that feeling of walking into an independent record shop, if there are still any that exist, like Amoeba [Records], and being delighted by the choices and the way music is presented to you with love and care. It’s exciting. And you leave with stuff you wouldn’t have dreamed you wanted and you’re excited to listen and share it and experience it.”