Gibson Dunn Takes on the '60s
When I discovered Wolfgang's Vault, I thought I'd entered classic-rock heaven. As I wrote last February on my LawSites blog, the site is the creation of entrepreneur Bill Sagan, who in 2002 bought the complete archives of legendary rock promoter Bill Graham. These included never-released tapes of thousands of live performances by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Doors, The Grateful Dead, Cream, Jefferson Airplane, Santana -- the list goes on and on. Through his site, Sagan began offering streaming versions of the recordings along with sales of rock memorabilia.
Now comes the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, which, on behalf of The Dead, Santana, Led Zeppelin and The Doors, files a lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco seeking to shut down the site's sale of memorabilia. The blog Grateful Dead News reprints Gibson Dunn's press release, which says that the suit seeks "to stop the unlawful reproduction, promotion and sale of thousands of vintage concert memorabilia items and illegal copies of the memorabilia." The release continues:
"Graham's archives contained millions of promotional items and personal memorabilia, such as vintage concert posters and t-shirts featuring the musical artists' intellectual property -- their names, voices, likenesses, photographs, trademarks and copyrights -- which were never authorized for sale."
As for Sagan, he has not yet said whether he and his Web site will keep on truckin'.
Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on December 20, 2006 at 05:32 PM | Permalink
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