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    Thumbs up Nypd-fdny Logo Suit Filed By City

    April 14, 2004 -- The city has filed suit against the owner of a Pittsburgh-based company for allegedly selling items bearing NYPD and FDNY logos without city permission. Albert Elovitz, Inc. was hit with a lawsuit late Monday for "improperly selling merchandise in violation of Federal trademark law, New York common law and New York statutes protecting trademarks," according to the complaint. A look at Elovitz's Web site, albertsgifts.com, reveals the firm indeed sells a range of products featuring the NYPD and FDNY logos. "It's very important that the city enforce its trademark rights," said Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo. "Because [this case] is in essence about someone taking our property." The city has licensed the use of the FDNY and NYPD logos to the Fire Safety Education Fund and New York City Police Foundation, respectively. But Elovitz, who claimed he hadn't even been informed of the suit until a Post reporter told him, said he had done nothing to violate trademark law and was prepared to go to court to prove as much."It is important that everyone understand that NYPD [and FDNY] items have been legitimately sold for many, many years," Elovitz said. "I sold on the streets of New York and wore holes into my shoes to build this business. And now, 10 years later, they just want me to cave in and give it to them. It is just not fair."
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    The city is suing souvenir sellers who it claims are peddling bootleg NYPD and FDNY merchandise over the Internet.It's the first time the Bloomberg administration has slapped a lawsuit on wholesalers to stop it from pocketing money meant for the city's police and fire charities."It's our job to make sure the city gets all the benefits it deserves from its trademark," said city marketing chief Joseph Perello.The Manhattan Federal Court suit accuses Albert Elovitz Inc., a Pittsburgh-based wholesaler,and others of hawking FDNY and NYPD shorts, caps, towels, magnets, key chains, jewelry and glasses without authorization."The goods are of inferior quality to authorized products bearing the NYPD and FDNY marks," says the lawsuit.In addition to its Web site, Elovitz also supplies various vendors who sell the stuff on city streetsCity lawyers said they don't know how much Elovitz makes from the items, but believe it is a substantial amount.Since the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy, the sale of NYPD and FDNY merchandise has earned millions for the nonprofit Police Foundation and the FDNY Fire Safety Education Fund, which control the trademarks under agreement with the city.The charities have negotiated licensing agreements with manufacturers and have sought to protect the logos by sending out hundreds of cease and desist letters to vendors and retailers.
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    Hang 'em high, Bloomberg! This is so low, so very low.

    All you FH.com readers, make sure you and yours buy only officially licensed FDNY & NYPD items so that the city and these great charities get what is theirs.
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    No doubt EastKYFF......I personally will never by any FDNY merchandise from anyone on the streets or in any little corner shop or bodega..The only FDNY merchandise I buy is directly from city firemen or from places like the official FDNY website, the fire zone in midtown (which I have not been to yet

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    There are couple of hacks out there I have seen that took a silk screen and just have FDNY or NYPD in big white block letters on a black shirt. They are sold as "offcial issue" FDNY,NYPD gear.............yeah right.......I aint buying.
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    So; what exactly should we look for to ensure that we are buying only licensed FDNY logo clothing?
    I have a couple of FDNY shirts; both 9/11 memorial shirts. One is autographed by a couple of NYC jakes.
    Is there an identifier?
    I mean; look at how many collectible businesses are advertising FDNY stuff. Are they properly licensed?
    But more importantly, will they confiscate my shirts?
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    My mom bought me a 9-11 shirt and I still refuse to wear it outside the house. She bought it at a gas station. I seriously doubt any of the profits made went back to our brothers. I can't stand the people who are getting rich off this.

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    My one and only FDNY shirt is from a Squad. It was one of their memorial shirts. Have no idea if it was "licensed" but I bought it on a street corner in Wildwood, NJ. Still got no idea if it was "offically licensed" but I know it was a Squad guy that sold it to me and I know the money went where it was supposed to. I've known him for years.

    So I'll echo CR, how does someone know if it's legit or not?
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    40/35/FFFRED Please correct me if I'm wrong, but....

    My understanding is that the only "licensed" merchandize comes from the FDNY and NYPD websites. The most popular image that was memorialized was the Flag Raising. Anyone using that image on ANYTHING is supposed to be contributing money directly to the Bravest Fund. The genuine memorial t-shirts were created by the various stations and can be bought directly from the stations through their websites. The goal was to raise money that would be given directly to the families. Some families have authorized the folks that run www.fallenbrothers.com to sell the memorial t-shirts. The folks running this organization were selling shirts to benefit the families of the fallen prior to 9/11.

    The names of those taken are not to be used on ANYTHING without the permission of the families. I recently attended an FH Expo where the 9/11 Coalition of Families had a booth. Those shirts were donated to the Coalition by a number Rescue Companies that wanted to help them raise money towards their effort to raise awareness about the 9/11 Memorial in NY.

    Best advice is to go directly to the Station websites to purchase anything. Oh yea, Dennis Leary did a nice shirt that you can get on the LearyFirefighters (I think that's it) website.

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    Licensee List as of March 2003

    Activision Value Publishing
    Products: Interactive computer software games

    Battman Studios
    Product: Calendar of Heroes 2003/2004

    Citidesigns, LLC
    Products: Souvenir items - mugs, coasters, mouse pads, frame, key chains, backpacks, pens, pins, etc.; infant’s, children’s, and toddler’s apparel: adult’s shirts other then t-shirts; children and adult socks for souvenir market

    City Merchandise
    Products: Non-exclusive: mugs, magnets, key chains, shot glasses, water globes, lapel pins, flashlights, memo clips, thermometers, golf balls, pencils, pencil toppers, pens, cup and saucer, playing cards, socks 8” poly plate


    Code 3 Collectibles
    Products: Die cast collectible fire vehicles, fire stations

    CSS Industries – Paper Magic
    Products: Children’s firefighter and Dalmatian costumes


    Cute Ideas Custom Products
    Product: Bottled water

    Ediciones del Prado (Spain)
    Products: Fire fighter Figurines

    Felissimo Corporation
    Products: Collectible tribute plates

    Fisher-Price
    Products: Pre-school action figures and vehicles; play stations

    Firehousedecals.com*
    Product: Decals

    Goebel of North America
    Product: MI Hummel fire fighter figurine

    Jacket Four Ltd (UK)*
    Products: Men’s and children’s apparel including outerwear, woven/knit tops and bottoms, denims, baseball caps and footwear

    Melvco, Inc. - Grampa’s Tub Toys
    Products: Tub toys

    MDK - K-Line Electric Trains
    Products: Electric toy trains and related products


    Matrix Executive Management
    Products: Men’s, women’s and children’s T-shirts, sweatshirts, and baseball caps


    Mega Bloks
    Product: Construction toys/interlocking blocks


    NTouch Video Technologies*
    Products: Radio control fire boats


    Playmobil USA, Inc.
    Products: “Little people” firefighter figure

    Real Heroes
    Products: 12” Fire fighter collectibles and toys


    Rand International*
    Products: Ride-ons, bicycles, skateboards, wagons, and other related safety gear products

    Rocket Resources*
    Product: Mini RC fire vehicles


    Sunworld International
    Japanese Master License


    Toy State
    Products: 5”- 36” Plastic battery- operated motorized fire vehicles with lights and sound, to include tethered and infrared remote as well as radio control activation
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    40/35 I stand corrected. Thanks for the clarification. Be safe.

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    I found myself in the hot sun at a fire flea market last summer without a hat. After searching thru all the hats for sale, I found one with a FDNY patch and the letters FDNY. It had a small folder attached with one of those nylon ties. It explained in was official and outlined what the money is used for. Always look before you buy.

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    Am I understanding this licensing thing correctly? A member of FDNY can make a "station" shirt, that uses whatever FDNY logos he wants, and sell it freely. A vendor can't use any FDNY logo unless the vendor gets licensed?
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    Originally posted by Bones42
    Am I understanding this licensing thing correctly? A member of FDNY can make a "station" shirt, that uses whatever FDNY logos he wants, and sell it freely. A vendor can't use any FDNY logo unless the vendor gets licensed?
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    Thanks. Got a better understanding.
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    [QUOTE]Originally posted by E40FDNYL35
    [B]LICENSING

    Licensee List as of March 2003



    Thanks Brother for this list. I knew there was an offical licensee list but never seen it. I will copy this and keep it handy.

    Be careful out there Bro. Take in in only when necessary.




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