Well, our infamous CVB now is using our million dollars of tax money to run a “Dora the Explorer” campaign to draw people to Manhattan. They’ve tried vulgar song lyrics, ladies jumping on hotel beds, Sasquach, and now Dora. A few minutes with Google and you will find the copyright/trademark for items like Dora, SpongeBob, etc. are agressively protected. Costume companies have had their doors closed over lawsuits when simply putting kids in Halloween costumes replicating copyrighted figures.
So, my question is this… Did part of our $1 million in tax dollars go to purchase copyright use for the CVB campaign? If so, are the taxpayers aware we’re spending our hardearned dollars that way? Or, if the CVB did not pay the copyright fee, is the City at risk in a potential lawsuit??
It’s interesting that this $1 million we hand to the CVB comes from sales tax revenue. Every person buying groceries in Manhattan pays more for their bread and milk so we can hand over the $1 million. That additional cost of feeding families gets glowing accolades from many who sit on our City Commission, when they see those dollars used to make videos of Sasquach. I’m certain, a number of the elected officials will swoon over how great this Dora the Explorer campaign is… at least they will swoom enough to keep handing over our sales tax to the CVB. I wonder if a trademark infrigement lawsuit against the City would change their minds. Probably not.