Sesame Street Considering Legal Action Against Times Square’s Costumed Characters

July 29, 2014 | Sophie Weiner

The producers of Sesame Street stated this week that they are exploring possibilities of legal action against people wearing costumes that represent their copyrighted characters. The mascots, who pose with tourists and demand tips, have come to police attention multiple times recently, including last week when a man dressed like Spider-Man punched a cop.

Sesame Street said the company has not authorized any of the characters like Elmo or Cookie Monster to appear in Times Square, which seems rather obvious. Sesame Street added that “like everyone else, we care about public safety on our streets.”

Mayor de Blasio promised to take action on the matter. He is proposing a licensing system for the rogue entertainers. (Photo: Gary Wong)