Friday, November 04, 2005

Mike Love Sues Brian Wilson

From ABC:

Mike Love is suing his cousin and former Beach Boys bandmate Brian Wilson.... Love filed the lawsuit in federal court Thursday accusing Wilson of promoting his 2004 album, "Smile," in a manner that "shamelessly misappropriated Mike Love's songs, likeness and the Beach Boys trademark, as well as the `Smile' album itself." Love's lawyer says it's nothing personal.

"Mike has a lot of affection for Brian and they have a good relationship and cordial relations," said Phil Stillman, who has represented Love since 1992. "There's obviously some problem with the way Brian's (associates) have promoted the albums."

...Love objected to a promotion in which 2.6 million copies of a Beach Boys compilation CD were given away to readers of Britain's The Daily Mail on Sunday newspaper. The lawsuit said the giveaway undercut the band's sales. The lawsuit seeks damages, including "millions of dollars in illicit profits," and seeks at least $1 million for international advertising "to correct the effects of … unfair competition and infringing uses."
I think they should settle all their disputes the old-fashioned way: Battle of the Bands. Whoever wins, gets all the royalties and can do whatever they want with the name "Beach Boys." My money's on Mike Love.

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