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Vampire Weekend Respond To Cover Model Lawsuit

During last week's super-slow news cycle (unless you're a Mel Gibson blogger, then you made straight bank last week), the biggest indie rock news was that the cover model on Vampire Weekend's Contra was suing the band. It was kind of a questionable story, since it seems unlikely that anyone would just jack a picture of the model and use it as a cover of top Billboard album without working out the whole rights issue. Which is what Vampire Weekend are saying they've done in this just released statement:

“As is standard practice, Vampire Weekend and XL Recordings licensed the rights to use the photo on the cover of Contra pursuant to a license agreement that contains representations and warranties authorizing this use of the photo. Now that a lawsuit has been filed, we look forward to having the matter resolved in Court. We will be filing our response after we have had an opportunity to review the allegations. Consistent with our practice, we will not be commenting further about the pending litigation at this time.”

I didn't go to Columbia, but I'm guessing that paragraph means, "We did what we're supposed to, and we'll be counter-suing." [Daily Swarm]

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Meanwhile, model Kristin Kennis responded to Vampire Weekend's album Contra, stating "Rich white kids doing watered down afro-pop? Didn't we already get enough of this crap when Dave Matthews did it? Ugh, if I had known wearing a preppy shirt would land me on the cover of this mess I woulda stuck to wearing Ed Hardy."

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