Playbill Inc. CEO and President Philip S. Birsh condemned in strongest terms the use of the Playbill trademark in a political attack ad.
The ad, which is paid for by a group called the House Majority PAC, attacks New Jersey Republican Rep. Scott Garrett, though no political party is mentioned in the ad. The commercial uses an image of Garrett on the cover of a Playbill program, and includes the trademarked logo of Playbill Inc. Calling Garrett “The Lonely Man,” the commercial disparages his voting record.
Birsh said, “Playbill is disgusted and furious at this unauthorized use of our logo and we plan to take legal action against the House Majority PAC. We won’t stand for the irresponsible use of the Playbill brand in any way, shape, or form.”
UPDATE: As of this afternoon, Playbill's attorneys are filing a cease and desist letter to go to the Action Committee with a legal Complaint to follow.