Toronto airport does not want to be named on a website

Manchmal muss man sich uber die Leute wundern, die schnell Websites mit rechtlichen Schritten drohen, auf denen ihr Name erwahnt wird.

Urinal.net ist eine (uberraschend) bekannte Website, die Bilder von Pissoirs aus der ganzen Welt veroffentlicht. Die Website wurde kurzlich unter anderem im Wall Street Journal und im BBC Radio vorgestellt. Sie hat Hunderte von Fans, die regelmabig Bilder von Pissoirs einschicken, die sie an Orten auf der ganzen Welt gemacht haben. Im Prinzip ist die Art einer bizarren, aber amusanten Website, die das Internet zum Vergnugen machen.

The urinals of an airborne vessel take-off and landing facility located in a suburb of Canada’s largest city. This facility is located on the outskirts of said city and is named after a person whose name starts with a ‘P’ and ends with an ‘earson’. The three-letter code for this facility includes the letters Y, Y and Z, necessarily in that order. Urinal Dot Net is not permitted to disclose the actual name of this facility, due to threats of legal action from an organization whose name we’re also not allowed to mention. We can only say that it goes by an acronym with the letters Gee-Tee-Aye-Aye.

But not everyone seems to understand the spab. Someone from the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (the GTAA) has stumbled upon a site that contains two perfectly normal photos of urinals from the Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport, and has decided that this is illegal. So he sent an email threatening legal action if the name of the airport is not removed from the website.

The website operator complied with the request, but gave the clear indication that the GTAA had left him speechless. The GTAA wrote on it that not even the GTAA should be mentioned. Again, the website followed this up in a very amusing way. The description of the airport reads like this:

The [facility in question] – covering 1,792 hectares (4,430 acres) – has been [Canada’s largest city’s] main international [aircraft take-off and landing facility] since 1939 when it was first known as Malton [facility].

It was also mentioned that the "Gee-Tee-Aye-Aye" it is forbidden to mention the name of the airport. One wonders on what legal authority the GTAA can demand that their organization or airport not be named. It is unlikely that anyone could be so switched by this as to believe urinal.net be the official website of the Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport. These days, people seem to be very quick to threaten legal action if someone mentions their name on a website.

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