Reed Elsevier Sues Punk Band Over Parody Logo That Was Discontinued Years Ago

from the daily-trademark-variety dept

brian williams alerts us to the news that the punk band The Vandals was recently sued by publishing giant Reed Elsevier because back in 2004, the band put out an album that used the font used by Hollywood trade publication Daily Variety for its own name on the album cover:

After the album was released, the band and its record label were sent a cease-and-desist over the logo. Rather than fight it (and they had a strong parody case), the band and the label complied with the C&D and stopped using the logo, replacing it with the one you see at the bottom of the image above. The Vandals seems quite confused over the nature of the lawsuit, seeing as they complied with the C&D more than five years ago:
The Daily Variety claims that our old logo for Hollywood Potato Chip, which is a parody of the Daily Variety logo commenting on the materialistic culture of Hollywood, is still on the Internet and they are suing us for this. We agreed not to use this logo anymore and we have no product for sale with this logo so their claims that we are intentionally using it and harming the Daily Variety are ludicrous.

We do not have this logo, or any other of their logos on any of our sites under our control. They are telling us that it is still on the Internet but they wont tell us where it is. Instead, they have demanded a HUGE sum of money. I mean HUGE, OUTRAGEOUS, and IMPOSSIBLE TO RAISE; and $25,000 for their attorneys to cover all the damages they have suffered from what they call a breach of our settlement agreement.

We have breached nothing. We are just a punk band and a small insolvent record label trying to keep stuff on the shelves and pay royalties to other artists.
Website The Wrap asked Reed Elsevier for comment and got the following message, which doesn't address any of the actual issues:
"The stylized VARIETY mark is a very well known and valuable trademark which the Vandals misused," Henry Horbaczewski, counsel for Reed Elsevier, wrote in an e-mail message to TheWrap. "We sued them, and they accepted a settlement agreement in which they promised to stop misusing our mark, because we wanted to stop the misuse, not their money. They then ignored their agreement."

Horbaczewski added: "[Vandals drummer Joe] Escalante is a lawyer. He should have known the consequences of his actions."
It's difficult to see how they have much of a case unless there's a lot more going on here. First of all, the use of the logo here is almost certainly protected as a parody use -- and it's difficult to believe that anyone (moron in a hurry or not) would face a likelihood of confusion and believe somehow that the album was endorsed or supported by Daily Variety. Even so, if it's true that The Vandals are not selling anything with this logo, then it's difficult to see how Reed Elsevier can claim that this is "use in commerce." This whole thing seems like a pointless lawsuit for no reason whatsoever. Perhaps Reed Elsevier's lawyers would be better served making sure that the company isn't publishing fake, ghost-written journals at the behest of industry interests, rather than suing a random punk band for a parody...


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    John Doe, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 10:52am

    Adding fuel to the fire...

    Looks like you just added fuel to the lawsuit fire as now there is yet another place that the infringing logo can be found; at Tech Dirt. ;)

    Stupid lawsuit though. Apparently they don't understand how the internet works. Just because someone else posts the material doesn't make you liable for it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 10:53am

    So entertainment magazines are getting in on the pre-settlement scam too?

     

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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 10:55am

    Yeah, well, that's new

    Seriously, people are suing punk bands for repurposing stuff?

    Seriously?

    Because everyone knows that if you want to squeeze the golden goose, look to a punk band.

    I seriously wonder how these people find their shoes in the morning. I'm guessing they have assistants.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 10:56am

    the parody case would be tough to prove, because i see nothing funny or any grand social commentary. its just a plain rip off, nothing more. the band wisely backed down before they spent a ton of money and lost the case anyway.

     

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    John Doe, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 10:59am

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    What ripoff? For using the same font? Yea, it looks similar overall, but it says VANDALS not VARIETY.

    I guess soon we will run out of fonts because all fonts will be used in a trademark.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 11:03am

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    font, layout, shape, color, small word to the left in a colored box. the stylized swoosh. size ratios between the parts. 100% of the elements are the same, only the word is changed. blur both of them a bit until you cant read the words and most people would think variety. open and shut case really.

     

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    dorp, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 11:06am

    Re:

    the parody case would be tough to prove, because i see nothing funny or any grand social commentary.

    You know know who the The Vandals are, right? You do know that this is part of the album cover, right? You have listened/read the lyrics of the songs, right?

    I could go on, but the basic idea is still the same: you have no idea what you are talking about. The album cover is part of the overall message of the album.

     

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    zegota (profile), Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 11:07am

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    I tend to agree, actually. The law says that using someone's logo is okay if you're parodying them, but you can't use someone else's IP to parody something else. This album cover certainly doesn't seem to be parodying Daily Variety in any way. That doesn't speak to this specific lawsuit, however, since the band did indeed cease and desist; Variety doesn't seem to have a case. You can't go back and change the past, you can only stop infringing in the future.

    Of course, that's the law, not the morality. In a just society, they *would* be able to use that logo with no problems.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 11:11am

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    so what part of variety are they specifically parodying?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 11:14am

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    Wow, you are even dumber than a moron in a hurry!

    It is quite clearly parody when taken in context and that is exactly where the defence would be. You are correct on one thing: it would be an open and shut case.... for the defendant.

     

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    Davis Freeberg, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 11:19am

    Not Parody

    If they would have originally fought the C&D agreement instead of entering into a settlement issue, they could have claimed parody, but after they signed the contract, then this case becomes about whether or not they breached the contract.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 11:23am

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    Their logo.

     

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    dorp, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 11:25am

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    so what part of variety are they specifically parodying?

    Variety being a well know news source (as they claim themselves) and thus being a good representation of the establishment that the album attacks. Again, you obviously know nothing about the group, nor the album, so concept of "context" does not even seem to occur to you.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 11:26am

    Re: Not Parody

    They are not selling anything with this logo, where is the breach?

     

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    Jason, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 11:31am

    lol

    I was just listening to Live Fast Diarrhea

    thank you Vandals this is hilarious and a bit of a stretch my guess is if Kung-Fu Records wasn't as successful as it is they wouldn't have bothered.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 11:40am

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    THAT'S BECAUSE OUR LITTLE AC LACKS PERSONALITY!

     

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    Richard (profile), Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 11:53am

    Re: Re:

    Trademark law is for the protection of the consumer. Variety would only have a case if the Vandals were selling a magazine. They are not - they sell music. There is no case. They do not even need to use the parody defence.

    They only need to use the "Apple defence" (as used against the Beatles - we sell computers not music ....er that one's wearing thin now though).

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 11:56am

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    The word itself is the most important element, so no, not 100% of the elements are the same.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 12:10pm

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    the context should always be clear without having to dig. i look at it and i see a rip off and nothing that tips be off to parody. they would have been better ripping off a chip company based on the title. there is little obvious parody here.

     

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    Babooshka, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 12:10pm

    Lawyers and Publishing Giants

    I can't wait till lawyers are somehow replaced by technology of some sort. There's a profession that advances humanity in no way shape or form.

    The publishing industry produces garbages, is about to be demolished by the rise of self publishing and ipad type devices, and is taking the let's sue people to protect and add to our revenue stream model.

    Dinosaurs must have roared loudly before their extinction; here's to the extinction of publishing multi-nationals and their armies of crony lawyers.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 12:10pm

    Re: Re: Not Parody

    only albums.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 12:12pm

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    IN YOUR OPINION WHICH HAS WHAT TO DO WITH ANYTHING?

     

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    The Infamous Joe (profile), Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 12:16pm

    Re: Re: Re: Not Parody

    It's not on their album, it was removed before release.

    You should really learn to read, pal.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 12:17pm

    it seems as though the people saying that it is not parody just don't know that much about punk rock. everything to do with "the establishment" is fair game! the vandals have been around since '80 and still make fun of people like you.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 12:24pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Not Parody

    READING COMPREHENSION IS NOT LITTLE AC'S STRONGEST SUIT. LITTLE AC'S STRONGEST SUIT IS ACTUALLY A STRING BIKINI.

     

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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 12:31pm

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    "the stylized swoosh"

    Well yeah, that was obviously the first instance of the Millennial orbital swoosh. So, y'know,good on 'em. Really innovative there.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 12:41pm

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    just because the vandals misspelled variety shouldn't matter. at all. it's not parody.

     

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    mrharrysan (profile), Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 12:47pm

    Re: Re: Re: Not Parody

    willfully ignorant, this troll is...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 12:50pm

    it seems as though the people saying that it is not parody just don't know that much about punk rock. everything to do with "the establishment" is fair game! the vandals have been around since '80 and still make fun of people like you.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 12:57pm

    Google "Hollywood Potato Chip"

    The issue is probably being caused by the fact that if you google "Hollywood Potato Chip" and take a look at the results, especially image results, it appears that all of the music download services including Amazon.com are using the old album cover image.
    I am interested to know if Daily Variety has any recourse if The Vandals are not putting the album out with that as the approved artwork.
    This may all be done by over-zealous fans but I guess the next lawsuit will be against Green Jelly since you can still find their old Green Jello album cover online and repost it too.

     

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    Rose M. Welch (profile), Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 1:07pm

    I'm surprised that they changed the logo. I mean, it's clearly a parody, and they seemed like the kind of people who would stick by their guns and not change their logo.

    Or their pants.

     

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    JEDIDIAH, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 1:18pm

    Don't blame the reaper.

    Don't blame the reaper. He's not the one in charge. He is just a daemon carrying out the bidding of his master in an automated sort of fashion.

    Lawyers are much the same.

    Whine about the schmuck behind the schmuck.

     

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    Danny (profile), Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 2:02pm

    Calling Rona Barrett

    Well, if nothing else, it gives Variety some more gossip to cover instead of covering the real news they, apparently, can afford to cover.

     

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    dorp, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 2:24pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    By your demented logic, the "Variety" can easily be confused with variety shows and those existed long before these morons learned to type threatening letters. And Nike Swoosh symbol to you means that they sell... swooshes, right?

     

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    dorp, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 2:27pm

    Re: Re: Re: Not Parody

    only albums.

    AC strikes and misses again! It is clearly stated that they do not sell albums or anything else with that picture. If you are going to troll, at least find a better way to do it.

     

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    Ben, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 2:30pm

    Lawyers. Heh.

    First, I'm not convinced that simply because The Vandals complied with a S&D order, that they surrender their argument that the usage was parody, which it was. Look up parody. Do some homework.

    Second, I think Daily Variety has it backwards. Joe Escalante is a lawyer. He is a music business laywer, and he knows other lawyers. Someone has got to be a moron in a hurry to think that there's a chance in hell that this is going to net Daily Variety anything.

    The Vandals are dumb. They've always reveled in that. They're not, however, stupid.

     

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    David Sanger (profile), Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 2:50pm

    In commercial use?

    Mike, their claim that "They are telling us that it is still on the Internet but they won't tell us where it is" is not very convincing

    30 seconds with Tineye shows the image on Amazon and a handful of other music sites.

    17 results - TinEye http://j.mp/cJohd7

     

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    Blatant Coward (profile), Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 3:00pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    By the time I obscure my vision enough for your method to work, my dog looks just like the logo too, should I sue the American Kennel club, or you since neither of you made my dog look like Variety's logo?

    Here is an example of punk parody:

    Question Authority!
    Who says?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 3:29pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Not Parody

    intent. intended to sell albums. geez.

     

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    dorp, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 3:36pm

    Re: In commercial use?

    And which one of those are sold by The Vandals?

     

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    dorp, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 3:38pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Not Parody

    Did you just try implying that they "intended" to breach trademark? That's glorious.

     

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    Mike Masnick (profile), Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 3:58pm

    Re: In commercial use?

    30 seconds with Tineye shows the image on Amazon and a handful of other music sites.

    But is that the band's fault? They don't control Amazon, do they?

     

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    Rose M. Welch (profile), Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 5:32pm

    Re: In commercial use?

    I'm reasonably sure that you're supposed to show how they're infringing. Essentially they're saying 'We're suing you for something that you're doing and bad things are going to happen unless you desist, but we're not going to tell you what that something is.'.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 5:58pm

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    Sorry TAM, your 15-second troll attention span is irrelevant.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 5:59pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Not Parody

    Which is...not what this lawsuit is about. Not that you actually bother to read, of course.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 6:00pm

    Re: In commercial use?

    Except of course that search results have nothing to do with the claim you are quoting.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 6:59pm

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    umm, no. sorry. trademark is a trademark, the logo used by the band is a deliberate copy of that trademark. all of the things listed are part of what makes up that duplication. if they want to claim parody the parody would have to be clear which it is not. it just looks like someone stealing a logo.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 7:00pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Not Parody

    haha. just following your twisted logic to the end. nice of you to dead end the argument you lost. which one of the masnicks underlings are you, anyway? i am starting to think the asian mike.

     

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    dorp, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 7:21pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Sorry TAM, you still got it wrong, except that you are doing it twice as hard now!
    1. Trademark: So someone confuses a CD with a news magazine? You must be one blind puppy.
    2. Parody: Talk about judging an album by its cover! Goes back to you being a blind puppy. Stupid one too.

    Thanks for playing.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 7:23pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Not Parody

    I am getting confused by my own arguments. I wish I had the balls to use a screen name instead of hiding behind AC. Now I am gonna go cry in the bathtub together with angry dude.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 22nd, 2010 @ 7:37pm

    So will they sue Wikipedia next?

    Wikipedia has the image on their website. Will Reed Elsevier attempt to sue Wikipedia also?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood_Potato_Chip

     

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    Jesse, Apr 23rd, 2010 @ 8:48am

    This is a Joke.

    This is absurd. You can't copyright a font. It is clearly a parody. A parody by a non-mainstream punk band. Whether the parody was highly effective or not carries no weight. The intent was parody. The Vandals did not use Daily Variety's actual logo. They changed their artwork when DV called them out on it, when they could have actually fought it. What more can The Vandals do? Spend the rest of their lives scouring the internet for the original art that some kid posts on his blog? Obviously the publishing industry is hurting for these clowns to be speculatively hunting down money which isn't rightfully theirs for "damages." I'm sure the Vandals almost use of the DV in 2004 has cost the Daily Variety a HUGE sum of money.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 23rd, 2010 @ 9:08am

    "This is absurd. You can't copyright a font"

    ...in the U.S.

    However due to the Berne Convention we will enforce the copyright given to a font in another country. I would imagine US companies generating fonts for revenue are probably outsourcing that slice of the action.

     

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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Apr 23rd, 2010 @ 10:29am

    Re: Re: Re:

    "100% of the elements are the same, only the word is changed"

    You keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means.

     

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    The Vandals (profile), May 4th, 2010 @ 3:01pm

    The Daily Variety

    Here's a couple clarifications. I loved this article by the way.
    The album art concept is a parody of the materialism of Hollywood business machine. The Daily Variety was parodied because they call themselves the "Bible of Show Business." they are the heralds of what is being mocked by our band.

    Regarding the contract issue, the blogger was right who said that if we signed a settlement agreement, they are just suing on the contract. However, we did not breach the agreement, we do not control myspace music, amazon, and youtube. This is where the Variety made their mistake. Since they are abusing the permanent injunction, which carved out 3rd party postings and provided a 30 day cure period, both of which were ignored by Variety's lawyers when they filed their law suit, we are taking the occasion to try to lift the permanent injunction.
    It was signed under the duress of a bullying law firm with 950 attorneys at their disposal.
    If this is what they are going to do to us for the rest of our lives we have to stand up and fight back this time.
    They asked us for $75,000 and want us to sign something to say that if this happens again we owe them twice as much. If what happens? Someone uses the internet? It's ludicrous.d
    Thanks for your support.

     

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    Jon, May 5th, 2010 @ 1:54am

    Re: Lawyers and Publishing Giants

    You should read 'Accelerando' by Charles Stross. Economic/capitalist tools grow to sentience and eat the galaxy.

     

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    Donnie, May 5th, 2010 @ 12:47pm

    joe isn't the drummer....at least he hasnt been since the 80's

     

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    brian williams, May 5th, 2010 @ 3:37pm

    Re: The Daily Variety

    I shared The Vandals' story with techdirt and some other ip law and tech contacts aft learning of Elsevier's ugly lawsuit [ my kids are friends w josh's kids and your band is the shit :) ... Plus me a lawyer 2 and I've a strong fair use interest ].

    I originally contacted some folks up at Stanford Center for Internet and Society Fair Use division. They suggested they could possibly be interested in your f-'d up situation except for the fact that the matter seemed to them to be fully stuck in post settlement contract bullshit arena rather than a righteous fair use defense (which The Vandals have obviously always held against Elsevier).

    Perhaps you should give the Stanford Center for Internet and Society's Fair Use Project a call yourself -- Here' s the Fair Use contact info ... Stanford Fair Use division. Anthony Falzone @ anthony.falzone@stanford.edu.

    Get the case removed to Cali Federal District court soon and fight them

    Cheers

     

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    briancrime (profile), May 5th, 2010 @ 3:44pm

    thanks mike for writing the story up

    Thanks to techdirt for doing such a fantastic job on this! I'm embarrassed i didn't see this post until Josh re tweeted today. Thanks Mike!

     

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    Chadams (profile), May 5th, 2010 @ 9:47pm

    Just curious...

    I was going to comment on Joe being labeled the drummer as well (I know off topic and irrelevant), but my main question would be how many of The Vandals' fans would have even known that was the DV's logo? I am not trying to suggest their fans have any sort of intellectual deficiency, so much as not caring about this publication or its material.

     

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    Sadie, May 7th, 2010 @ 8:02pm

    Not sure if anyone already commented on this....

    Did anyone else notices that they put Joe Escalante as the drummer.... he's the bassist....

    Just sayin'

     

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    Travis, May 7th, 2010 @ 11:26pm

    how I spend a friday night right!

    In the past year, Curious why the Vandals didn't receive more press for their song- the day that ferrah fawcett died.Especially since she did.

    PLus,

    I always thought this logo looked like they were going for arabian nights ali babba vibe. who the hell reads variety besides people who get haircuts or oil changes.

     

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    jacksola (profile), May 12th, 2010 @ 12:03pm

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    Open and shut case of what? Font theft? How about the fact that the Vandals play music and publish their works on CD and Variety is a magazine? Anybody squinting at the CD who thinks it's actually a magazine with a different name should be hospitalized and their confusion should definitely not be the basis for a lawsuit.

     

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    The Vandals (profile), May 17th, 2010 @ 5:25pm

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    The Daily Variety calls itself "The Bible of the Entertainment Industry." The Vandals were indeed attempting a parody of them.

     

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    SPC4 Wage Slave, May 20th, 2010 @ 7:24am

    Re: Chadams

    Being neither from California, nor associated with any form of entertainment buisiness myself I was not familiar with DV at all. I come from what most people considder a "fly-over" state and couldn't care less about the biz. I do however enjoy the vandals music and do consider myself a fan of theirs. The idea that the logo of a magazine like DV being used in album art is not a selling point to me. I bet you the majority of Vandals fans feel the same way. If the argument was that Vandals satirical album art helped sell more albums, I would dispute that in a heartbeat.

     

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    SPC4 Wage Slave, May 20th, 2010 @ 7:30am

    Re: Re: Chadams

    PS Joe if you ever tour again, I made a few vandals fans out of locals here in Gereshk and Lashkar gah, Afghanistan. Just thought you should know.

     

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