Velvet Underground sue Andy Warhol Foundation over Banana

Velvet Underground haben die Warhol Foundation verklagt, weil die die berühmte Banane vom VU&Nico-Album an iPad-Hüllenhersteller lizensieren. Wie würdelos von beiden Seiten. Aber wir leben ja ohnehin in Zeiten, in denen Maureen Tucker bei der Tea Party mitmitscht und Lou Reed mit Metallica eins der schlechtesten Alben der Musikgeschichte aufnimmt. Da wundert einen auch 'ne Copyright-Klage wegen einer Banane nicht mehr.

The 1960s rock band formed by Lou Reed and John Cale accused the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts of trademark infringement, claiming in a lawsuit that the banana design is synonymous with The Velvet Underground.

The band said it was taking legal action after reading newspaper reports in the past year that the Andy Warhol Foundation had agreed to license the banana design to a series of cases, sleeves and bags planned for Apple Inc's iPhone and iPad.[…]

The lawsuit said the band had repeatedly asked the Warhol Foundation to cease licensing the banana design to third parties "in a manner likely to cause confusion or mistake as to the association of Velvet Underground with the goods sold in commerce by such third parties."

Velvet Underground is seeking an injunction stopping the use of the banana by third parties, a declaration that the Warhol Foundation has no copyright interest in the design, unspecified damages, and a share of the profits made by the Warhol Foundation from any licensing deals.

Velvet Underground sues to protect its iconic banana