Variety magazine has finally settled their lawsuit against THE VANDALS, who got sued by the magazine last year for their parody version of the logo from their last album “Hollywood Potato Chip”, which came out back in 2004.
Although the band did settle the issue as far back as late 2004, it eventually came up again due to the parody mark appearing on other sites. Now, according to THE VANDALS bassist Joe Escalate, Variety has settled the lawsuit without asking for any more cash from the band. Escalate explains to The Hollywood Reporter about the incident:
This was the worst thing that’s ever happened to me, and to the band, and the hardest thing I’ve ever done. However, as my wife says, the crash course in federal court litigation made me a better lawyer. Hopefully this will be a lesson to other media companies and law firms with respect to how they deal with First Amendment issues in the Internet Age.
The ongoing legal battle has also been blamed for no new material from THE VANDALS.
THE VANDALS – “Don’t Stop Me Now” video:
THE VANDALS – “I Am Crushed” video: