Music Gear News
The Velvet Underground launch lawsuit for banana image
Now seen as one of the most iconic images in music, the banana, which appears on the record The Velvet Underground & Nico, is something corporate organisations have been interested in for a long time.
Although the band is no longer together, some of its former members have banded together to prevent it being used on covers for iPads, iPhones and other similar devices, Reuters reported.
It comes after they found out, through stories in a newspaper that the Andy Warhol Foundation had actually agreed to license the banana design.
The former bandmates see the image as theirs, tantamount to representing The Velvet Underground in a pictorial way.
However, the image has never been copyrighted, making it a contentious issue that will ultimately be settled in the courts.
The news provider reported that in the lawsuit, the former members describe the banana image as a "symbol, truly an icon of The Velvet Underground".
"The symbol has become so identified with The Velvet Underground ... that members of the public, particularly those who listen to rock music, immediately recognize the banana design as the symbol of The Velvet Underground," the complaint added.
Posted by KTPosted on 12 Jan 2012 18:39 to category : Band / Celebrity News
Related Music News
Through a collaboration with Martin, Sheeran's latest signature model features artwork from his latest album '÷' and has been built to his exact specifications.
An icon who helped propel the rock 'n' roll movement to new and unprecedented heights. Chucky Berry is praised by many as a founding father of modern music.
Founding guitarist of legendary LA band Y and T Joey Alves passes away due to complications relating to Ulcerative Colitis. Documentary on soon to follow.
Destroyer Cola is to be the latest release in rock veterans Kiss' long line of merchandise currently available to the general public for purchase
In a recent unconfirmed report, frontman of famous rock and roll outfit Guns N' Roses is said to be heading into the studio with Australian rock veterans AC/DC
Never before has music been so accessible. With social media, tab sites and forums at your immediate disposal, learning your favourite song couldn't be easier.
Recent Music News
Celebrating the guitarist and songwriter's illustrious career, Fender has recreated a guitar based on the original model played by George Harrison himself.
A master of manipulation, Earthquaker Devices Data Corrupter takes your guitar right to the limits of your imagination and into the realms of downright madness.
Roland VP-03, TR-09 and TB-03 boutiques now up for grabs. Perform an original composition for 60 seconds and be in with a chance to win a model of your choice.
The third piece of software from Toontrack's run of Superior Drummer products, Superior Drummer 3 offers a whole range of brand new and enhanced features.
Alesis' II Mesh Electronic Drum Kit is a kit geared specifically towards advanced drummers looking to explore a variety of different timbres and sounds.
Celebrating 50 years since his iconic performance at Monterey pop festival, Fender's Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster recreates the sound of a cultural icon.