Velvet Underground officially filed a complaint against the Warhol Foundation in a Manhattan federal court yesterday.
In 1967, Velvet Underground released their debut album The Velvet Underground and Nico. The record's cover, designed in collaboration between the band and Andy Warhol, has become a crucial element of Velvet Underground merchandising. For that reason, group founders Lou Reed and John Cale claim that the Warhol foundation has infringed on the design by licensing it to third parties. They maintain that the banana was appropriated originally without copyright and remains in the public domain. [Bloomberg]