Lincoln Center

December 21, 2009
posted by Jahanzaib at

View of Lincoln Center, 64th St. and Columbus Ave.

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copyright infringement

December 19, 2009
posted by Jahanzaib at

As a cab driver one learns and masters many things, one important thing is to keep calm when passengers act foolishly or even sometimes try to bully you, just don't loose your mind and finish the job.
Today, upon accessing my inbox, I found an e-mail which can be categorized as bullying . I have been accused of breaking the copyright laws and threatened a lawsuit apparently by a fellow cab driver, e-mail is quoted below.

I am the president of
The NYCabbie name and logo and photos are protected by international copyright laws.

By using the NYCabbie name on your website you are breaking the law and you are placing yourself at risk for a lawsuit.

I suggest you remove any reference to the NYCabbie name on your website.

Unless, of course, you are in a financial position to go to court and lose your case.


I think MLK needs to learn, what can and can not be copyrighted before making such claims, your works on your website including writing, photos, logos and graphics can be copyrighted but your name, pen name, title and even your domain name can not be copyrighted in the U.S.
Copyright office website states these thing as given below.

Can I copyright my website?
The original authorship appearing on a website may be protected by copyright. This includes writings, artwork, photographs, and other forms of authorship protected by copyright. Procedures for registering the contents of a website may be found in Circular 66, Copyright Registration for Online Works.

Can I copyright my domain name?
Copyright law does not protect domain names. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a nonprofit organization that has assumed the responsibility for domain name system management, administers the assignation of domain names through accredited registers.

How do I protect my recipe?
A mere listing of ingredients is not protected under copyright law. However, where a recipe or formula is accompanied by substantial literary expression in the form of an explanation or directions, or when there is a collection of recipes as in a cookbook, there may be a basis for copyright protection. Note that if you have secret ingredients to a recipe that you do not wish to be revealed, you should not submit your recipe for registration, because applications and deposit copies are public records. See FL 122, Recipes.

Can I copyright the name of my band?
No. Names are not protected by copyright law. Some names may be protected under trademark law. Contact the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, 800-786-9199, for further information.

How do I copyright a name, title, slogan or logo?
Copyright does not protect names, titles, slogans, or short phrases. In some cases, these things may be protected as trademarks. Contact the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, 800-786-9199, for further information. However, copyright protection may be available for logo artwork that contains sufficient authorship. In some circumstances, an artistic logo may also be protected as a trademark.

Hence reading above statements by copyright office, it is clear that NYCabbie can not be copyrighted, but can be a registered trademark or patent and upon checking USPTO site, it is not even registered trademark or patent till date.

Even if it is a registered trademark of your company, still, you can not stop me using this name, only thing you can do is not to let me use your logo, artwork or photos or maybe postings, which I'm not using neither intend to use.
Just to refresh, think of any famous brand or website names like yahoo, msn or even microsoft and add domain to them, they are there and for a reason that names and website domains can not be copyrighted.
And my thoughts on this whole matter, WOW, with the reader ship of maybe three and half, I'm at the verge of being sued. What are other three thinking about this?

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Fashion District

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Fashion District, 1411 7th Avenue.

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Metropolitan Museum

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Metropolitan Museum
Metropolitan Museum, 83rd St. and 5th Ave. Manhattan.

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Park Slope, Brooklyn

December 16, 2009
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Park Slope, Brooklyn
Holidays lights, 4th avenue and 15th street Brooklyn.

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Alone in the dark.

December 10, 2009
posted by Jahanzaib at

I saw this bi-cycle at 140 Suffolk street, it is alone, crippled and locked up, isn't this also true with life?

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MTA surcharge review.

December 9, 2009
posted by Jahanzaib at

It is almost a month since NYC cabs are charging additional $0.50 surcharge in order to help MTA to overcome $5 billion deficit.

If we consider, there are 13,000 yellow cabs in NYC and every cab is making 60 trips per day, MTA is getting 3,90,000 per day from yellow cab industry, black car industry is not included in this calculation.

How did this surcharge affected a cab driver? Well! after a month, I'm in better position to tell as my November's tips had dropped down by almost 24%, most people tend to think this money is going to driver's pocket, which is false, as at the end of his or her shift, driver pays it to the garage or to the brokerage company from where he or she is leasing his/her car.

Drivers, who have Taxitronic meter installed on their cabs, like myself, are suffering more, because at the end of fare, meter does not adds up the fare price and additional surcharge, unlike pulsar meter which does show the total at destination, there are few passengers, who want to know about extra $0.50 fare hike, which is fine with me and many other drivers but there were couple of passengers, who actually paid me less than fare price and walked away, for first two I just let them go, when same thing happened third time I literary chase the passenger and demanded for the extras, he started arguing that when he was in the cab fare was $7.00, why am I adding up $1.50 to the fare price? he had paid me $8.00 thinking  $1.00 as tips, he ended paying me additional $1.00 and said "Thanks for stopping me for $0.50".

But why do a driver has to go through all this? Why the hell TLC price sticker says $3.00 initial fare, when it is not so on the cab meters? Why hadn't they printed a sticker which says clearly additional $0.50 for MTA, to some drivers like this one situation has gone to extent, where they are thinking to put explanatory note at back of the cab, which says $0.50 are for MTA, to avoid explaining every third passenger.

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Red Snow

December 8, 2009
posted by Jahanzaib at

Snow and kind of snowman.
Broadway and west 110th street.

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Time Square, New York

December 6, 2009
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Safest City

December 2, 2009
posted by Jahanzaib at

Projects NYC
Cab drivers, sometimes, do a guide's work, I also love doing this. Many tourists asked me, if it is safe to go out in certain neighborhood at night, and my answer is always New York City is safest city in the nation, as surveys suggest for many years now.

I picked up a fare, from JFK airport going to Chelsea. She sat in front passenger seat and we had nice chat during our way to chelsea. She was from Germany, visiting her friend here in New York City for the first time.When I took LIE from Grand Central Parkway, she saw red brick buildings and said oh these red brick buildings are dangerous, I asked her what makes her think that?, "I saw it in movies" she replied. I told her, this is not the case as I myself lived in one of these red brick building for five years, and that they are affordable housing for many New Yorkers, and these buildings are every where in NYC.

I dropped her off, she asked for my number for future travel in NYC, I told there are many Cabs available all the time, she can just hail anyone, as I always tell passengers upon asking my number.

Later that night, I was talking to my friend and told him how media can manipulate people's thinking and told him the story, he said " didn't you tell her, you have seen spiderman swinging around Empire State Building in movies"

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December 1, 2009
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E 2nd street, between Avenue C and Avenue B, Alphabet City, NYC

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