lifeblood: listlogs: 1999v01n085-news


ig-news-digest         thursday, may 20 1999         volume 02 : number 085


today's subjects:
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  [ig-news] old but interesting article (igc)  [carolyn <underdog@earthlink.]
  [ig-news] sigc: this land is your land  [kelly fairbairn <fairbk@sage.edu>]
  [ig-news] random ig moments                 [diane wong <arle@hotmail.com>]


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date: wed, 19 may 1999 12:33:48 -0700
from: carolyn <underdog@earthlink.net>
subject: [ig-news] old but interesting article (igc)


just ran across this and thought that it was interesting...


the mark of a musician


by david browne
      
06/19/1992
entertainment weekly
      
look closely at the cover of zz top's new greatest hits album, especially at
the chromelike top logo.  see that small, circled r floating next to the
band's name that looks suspiciously like a registered trademark symbol?
sure enough-that's zz top(r) to you, mister.  and what's that demarcation on
the cover of rites of passage, the new album by indigo girls-or, rather,
indigo girls(r)?        


registering a band's name as a trademark may seem ludicrous, but according
to stuart silfen, one of zz top's attorneys, it's "a way to prevent against
infringement.  if you have something identifiable, you need to protect it as
you would any other asset.  it's no different from general motors or ford."
zz top and indigo girls aren't alone in     making like gm.  among the
hundreds of bands and musicians who have registered their names with the
u.s. patent and trademark office of the department of commerce are chicago,
r.e.m., u2, and that renowned long
island corporation, billy joel.


according to the complex trademark laws, performers are not legally
obligated to trademark their names; even if r.e.m. hadn't done so, the fact
that the band has been using that name for more than a decade makes it
impossible for another r.e.m. to exist.  yet according to the u.s. trademark
association, most big-league rockers (like zz top, which trademarked its
name and logo in 1986) register anyway, primarily to counter bootleg
merchandise.  the process is fairly painless and can cost as little as
$200-barely the price of an hour in the studio.


sometimes an artist has a compelling reason to apply for a trademark.
shortly after indigo girls signed with sony's epic label in 1989, an
illinois band called the indigos contested the name.  since amy ray and
emily saliers hadn't yet registered the name indigo girls, they had to prove
they had used it first.  because they had been performing as a duo since
1985, they were allowed to keep, and trademark, the moniker. "any band that
comes up with a name and performs publicly should trademark their name as
soon as they have the money to do it," advises russell carter, indigo girls'
manager, who says the group's court  battle was "time-consuming-and it cost
us a lot of money.  but if anyone tries to use the name in any way, we can
send a cease-and-desist letter.  so it was money well spent."


since trademark owners are not obligated to display the jarring(r) symbol if
they don't want to, why did indigo girls?  carter attributes its appearance
in the album art to "some zealous lawyer in sony music business affairs,"
but adds, "it's not a bad idea.  we have a trademark, so we might as well
put people on notice.  "up-and-comers
searching for names for their acts may have a few options left, though:
metallica and garth brooks haven't registered their names-yet.

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date: wed, 19 may 1999 12:09:28 -0400
from: kelly fairbairn <fairbk@sage.edu>
subject: [ig-news] sigc: this land is your land


hello everyone!


so i was bored at work (what else is new?) and i was going through our new
books, and we just got this great book.  i'm not sure if it's been
mentioned before, but it's a children's book _this land is your land_.
it's basically this land is your land's lyrics set to wonderful
illustrations and for the igc amy and emily are in an illustration of
those who participated in the tribute to woody guthrie at the rock n roll
hall of fame.  (ani is in the pic, too!)  the isbn is 0-316-39215-4, in
case you're interested...


thanks,
kelly
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date: wed, 19 may 1999 04:41:40 pdt
from: diane wong <arle@hotmail.com>
subject: [ig-news] random ig moments


[sherlyn's note: this is an excerpt of a message which was
originally sent to the indigo girls mailing list at
netspace.org.]

hi intimate strangers!


[...]


on to the ig moments:  turned on the tv last friday to discover that they
were featuring lilith fair artists(or women's music, in general) on vh1 and
caught two still shots of amy and emily, one of them being the quartet on
"water is wide" with jewel and sarah m.  i can't recall what the other one
was.


[...]


when i was looking on the website (http://www.lifeblood.net), i noticed that
they have updated it to include lyrics of several of the girls' new songs.
i hope they don't wait much longer after labor day to release their new cd.


diane - thanks to all for the great info on concerts and amy's notes.


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