Warhol Attys Try To Peel Back Band's Claim On Banana Icon

Law360, New York (March 20, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT) -- Andy Warhol's estate told a New York federal judge on Monday that 1960s rock band The Velvet Underground had no trademark rights to an iconic, Warhol-designed banana image that became a symbol for the band.

A trademark suit filed by band founders Lou Reed and John Cale over the famous cover art for a 1967 album should be dismissed because the band has failed to show that it has commercially exploited the image, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Inc. said. Trademarks, unlike copyrights,...
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