May 27, 2011
NYSE says trading floor trademark protected
The New York Stock Exchange sent the editors of Talking Points Memo a cease-and-desist letter to stop the online publication from using wire photos of the trading floor. The NYSE argues that the floor is trademarked, so any images of the floor are a violation of NYSE's trademark rights. Which is nonsense. TPM republished the photo that triggered the threat letter, alongside a sassy blog post from TPM Editor Josh Marshall.