Apparently, the MTA is working on closing their $100 million budget gap by finding dangerous “intellectual property” thieves like VH McKenzie who uses discarded MetroCards for her art, then threatening artists into either removing their work from online shops and Etsy accounts or cashing out 10% of the art’s value to “acquire a license.” That’s not always a lot or worth the hunt, but it’s all profit when unpaid interns find the culprits.

Seems like the MTA might not have a strong case, since there’s nothing “sacrosanct,” valuable and untouchable about a used MetroCard that it can’t be inferred in art, which is good news for all these guys.