Here’s a pretty bizarre copyright case: The Velvet Underground is suing the Andy Warhol Foundation, alleging that the foundation licensed the iconic banana image from the band’s debut LP without the band’s permission. Apparently, Warhol never copyrighted the image that he created for the band’s album, instead taking part of the band’s label advance. He was “managing” the band at that time, so to the band at least, he sort of just gave them the image to use.
What seems to be at the center of this isn’t that the image was licensed–the band has let the cover appear in advertising in the past–but that it was licensed for a line of iPad covers without the band getting a piece of the money. The band is seeking unspecified damages. [RS]