Thursday, July 22, 2010

Tragedy stikes Vampire Weekend

Okay, so not "tragedy" tragedy, but still something pretty quite bad:

http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/stopthepresses/231834/vampire-weekends-cover-art-contra-versy-model-sues-band-for-2-million/


Turns out someone forgot to get permission to use that Polaroid as their cover art. Costly mistake, it may turn out to be.
Though we didn't really dig the album too much, here's no hard feelings. Just wondering if the model on the cover (one Ann Kirsten Kennis) wouldn't first try to right the wrong without going to court. It's her right to, of course, but I'd think it'd be nice to get her manager in contact with the record label to see who dropped the ball on this one. That's probably what I'd try to do first.
Though, come to think of it, you're always supposed to get permission when you use a photo/ likeness/ caricature for commercial purposes. It might not seem like much, but it's a pretty glaring omission, to be quite frank about it. It's like not paying a band for their music on one of those "Now this is Music #137" compilations.
As Karen O might put it, "Heads will roll." Oops.

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