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Burning Man Organization Burning Up Over Quiznos Ad



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    FILE - In this Saturday, June 7, 2014 file photo, a man looks at a wooden sculpture that was set on fire during Israel's first Midburn Festival, modeled after the popular Burning Man Festival held annually in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, near the Israeli kibbutz of Sde Boker. On Thursday, May 28, 2015, the Israeli Antiquities Authority said revelers at a Burning Man festival famous for its pyrotechnic spectacles have accidentally torched some remnants of prehistoric man.

    Burning Man is considering legal action against sandwich chain Quiznos over a video ad that pokes fun at the festival, an event organizer said.

    Spokesman Jim Graham said Friday that festival officials see the video as theft of Burning Man's intellectual property.

    "We'll be coordinating with our legal team to see what action we can take," Graham said.

    The Denver-based Quiznos never reached out to them before putting out the advertisement, Graham added.

    The YouTube video parodies the upcoming movie, "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials," and portrays the characters frolicking and eating Quiznos at Burning Man in the northern Nevada desert. The video was posted Tuesday and has been viewed more than 760,000 times.

    Representatives from Quiznos were not immediately available for comment Saturday. Graham said Burning Man hasn't yet contacted the toasted sandwich company.

    The weeklong counterculture festival, which attracts more than 70,000 people to the Black Rock Desert, ended Monday. According to Graham, after the Burn is when operators get busy deflecting companies' attempts to market products by pairing them with festival content.

    "We get a quite a number of requests each year from companies wanting to gift participants with their product or to capture imagery or video of their products at the event, and we turn them all down," Graham said.

    The event website states that attendees are limited by the use of photos and videos, "along with Burning Man's most recognizable words, symbols and designs."

    The San Francisco-based Burning Man has taken outside entities to task before over intellectual property rights, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported. According to Graham, Burning Man won a lawsuit against Girls Gone Wild, which films and markets video of topless women.