CALGARY - The frontman for the industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails is putting the hammer to a trio of Alberta politicians.
Trent Reznor's representatives have sent a letter requesting the politicos refrain from any use of the band's logo.
That logo — an "N,'' an "I'' and an inverted "N'' — was featured prominently in a tweet featuring Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, and referencing Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson.
In the photo, the pair held up black T-shirts with the logo and the subtitle "Notley Iveson Nenshi'' and the tagline "Building Alberta Together.''
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Nenshi's office confirms that Reznor's people contacted them with "a very polite letter'' this week expressing concern over the T-shirts, which are being sold by a third party not connected to the mayor or his office.
Nenshi says he understands why Reznor would be upset.
"Apparently it seems some people have been selling this T-shirt,'' he told Global Calgary. "Don't do that. So if you're someone on a website selling this T-shirt, quit it.''
The mayor's office says the original three shirts were personal gifts printed for the politicians, and are "not the concern here.''
Notley's office confirms 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,''' says spokeswoman Cheryl Oates, who added there were no legal proceedings underway.
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