The Velvet Underground sues to protect banana

Best rock band ever takes action to stop iconic image from being used on merchandise

Arguably the best rock band of all time is heading to court over a banana.

Yesterday, protopunk band The Velvet Underground filed suit against the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts claiming trademark infringement. The groundbreaking band, founded by punk rock legends Lou Reed and John Cale, says the foundation’s agreement to license Warhol’s banana design, which is featured on the cover of the album “The Velvet Underground & Nico,” violates its intellectual property rights. The license would allow the design to be used on products such as covers for iPhones and iPads.


Cathleen Flahardy

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