Posted in music on September 11, 2012

This remains a legal-to-buy accessory
Velvet Banana

A judge has peeled back one of The Velvet Underground's legal claims involving the use of the band's famed banana logo.

Manhattan federal Judge Alison Nathan tossed the legendary band's request for a court order declaring that the late artistAndy Warhol's foundation doesn't hold a copyright on the iconic image.

Nathan said a promise by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts not to sue the Velvets for using the design had "eliminated any live controversy" over the copyright.

Her ruling didn't affect three other claims filed by the band, which is seeking unspecified damages for alleged trademark infringement and a court order barring the foundation from licensing the logo. - [NY Post]

Lou Reed and John Cale sued the Warhol estate last year after the famed banana began being licensed for iPod cases and other items not deemed cool by the Velvet Underground members. Of course, people have been talking on a banana for years, as seen below.

Meanwhile in less litigious VU news, John Cale's new album, Adventures in Nookie Wood, is out October 2 on Double Six/Domino and you can watch the first video from it, "Face to the Sky," below. Cale also has two musical works debuting at BAM Next Wave fest next year.

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John Cale - "Face to the Sky"

Ernie & Bert - "Talking on a Banana"

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Comments (12)

I currently have an erection : )

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 12:32 PM

I hope John Cale gets sued for naming his new album, "Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood". Shame on you JC, shame on you.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 12:39 PM

Warhols masterpiece is his pop-art version of the robust hummus platter.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 12:41 PM

Ah, shitty rich white people problems. Must be nice.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 12:45 PM

Little Joe never once gave it away
everybody had to pay and pay
a hustle here and a hustle there
New York City's the place where.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 12:46 PM

Ah, the old Banana in the Tailpipe

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 12:56 PM

spelling, for god's sake: "licensed," btw, not "liscenced."

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 1:50 PM

"Lexington 1-2-5" is a registered trademark of Velvet Underground Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 1:59 PM

They never got sued by the maker of Ding Dongs.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 2:10 PM

Lou Reed and John Cale only get together now for lawsuits.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 2:11 PM

"They never got sued by the maker of Ding Dongs."

Oh, Anonymous - you made my entire day with that!

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | September 11, 2012 2:56 PM

banana's yum.

Posted by jordon | July 22, 2013 2:01 PM

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