Well, that other newspaper is not amused; it quickly sent a cease and desist letter to the RGA, complaining that the site
is clearly intended to be nearly identical to NYTimes.com...The title for the site is designed to recall the world famous, protected New York Times logo, and the pages use the same fonts and layout as nytimes.com in order to mimic its design. Such copying is a clear infringement of The Times's rights under the Copyright Act of 1976 and falsely suggests, in violation of the Lanham Act, that the Times has sponsored or is otherwise affiliated with your website.The Times' letter, dated June 17, gives the RGA three days to take down the site, "or we will have no choice but to pursue all available legal remedies." It's now been eight days since the letter was written, and the Corzine Times is still up. If the Times was so eager to have the site down, why hasn't it just sent a DMCA notice to the Corzine Times' ISP?
The RGA certainly doesn't sound like it's backing down; spokesman Mike Schrimpf tells the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza (whom I like to call my stalker, since he succeeded me directly in two journalism jobs):
It's amusing to see The Gray Lady standing up for The Gray Beard, but we were hoping the Times would send a cease and desist notice to Corzine telling him not to hike taxes by another $1 billion.This could turn out to be a very interesting case; I'm not at all confident in predicting how a court will see it.
UPDATE: a reader reminds me of another parody/satire/who knows of the NY Times:
I'm not aware that the Times ever objected to this one, though DeBeers, the target of a fake ad in the fake Times, did. The fake Times remains accessible on the web.