Village Voice Claims It Owns ‘Best Of NYC’ Phrase, Sues Rival

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By: Jeff Roberts | paidContent.org

The Village Voice made its name as a counter culture icon. Today, though, it pulled a decidedly establishment maneuver by filing a lawsuit against a magazine rival for using the phrase “Best of NYC” without its permission.

In a complaint filed in Manhattan federal court, the publisher of the Village Voice claimed that the Nov. 3 issue of Time Out New York infringed its trademark rights. The issue in question has the phrase “Best of NYC” on its cover in sparkly lights and includes a series of recommendations for categories like “Off-Broadway” and “Place to hang out with cute lesbians.”

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