I’ve been reading for months about the controversy over New York City’s costumed characters — from them harassing tourists to near physical fights [“New rules for Cookie Monster and his gang,” Opinion, April 9].

I’ve seen this motley group myself. Many of them are in dirty and tattered costumes. There is one thing I have yet to hear about, oddly enough. Aren’t these costume characters licensed?

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I’m talking about Mickey Mouse, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Spider-Man, etc. I’m surprised DC Comics and Disney, of all companies, would ignore a scruffy Mickey Mouse abusing a sacred mascot. Why aren’t these companies stepping in to control the unauthorized use of their creations?

Anita Bloomfield