Warhol, Velvet Undergound Settle Lawsuit Over Banana Artwork
Last year, the Velvet Underground sued the Andy Warhol Foundation of Visual Arts over the iconic cover design for The Velvet Underground & Nico, the band’s 1967 debut album, which led to a lawsuit that was a little nuts. (You thought we were going to say “bananas,” didn’t you?)
According to Billboard, the turbulent case has been dismissed.
The band’s founders and plaintiffs in the case, Lou Reed and John Cale, sued the Warhol Foundation after it planned to license the design for iPod and iPad accessories. The band said the banana artwork had become “a symbol, truly an icon, of the Velvet Underground” and claimed that the foundation was trying to “deceive the public” into thinking the band had endorsed the products.
Originally, Velvet Underground sought to assert that the image was in the public domain, and that the foundation couldn’t hold any copyright ownership. But after a judge dismissed that case, the trademark issue solely raged on until solved by the two parties out of court.
An attorney for the Warhol Foundation wrote a letter announcing the settlement, but the terms of the deal have not been released.
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