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Marilyn Manson news for 2004

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June 2004

Copyright issue resolved

Sometime this month, Marilyn Manson and bandmate Madonna Wayne Gacy, alias Pogo, resolve a key issue in a federal copyright infringement suit they filed against former band member Scott Putesky alias 'Daisy'.

According to Putesky's attorney, Richard Wolfe, Putesky and the label Empire Musicwerks have agreed to remove artwork and images on the album 'Lunch Boxes and Choklit Cows' that are similar to copyrighted art by Manson.

Retailers can sell off existing copies of the album bearing the artwork in question but the artwork will change for future pressings. On the accompanying limited-edition DVD, footage will also be deleted that features an animated rendering of the art.

I wonder how many of them are out there? Will they be rare enough to be collectable?

Confirmation for this story:

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - (Friday, June 4th, 2004) - Empire Musicwerks announced today that a settlement was reached with Marilyn Manson and they will remove all artwork on Lunch Boxes & Choklit Cows that is similar to copyrighted works listed in the lawsuit that was filed on behalf of Marilyn Manson and Madonna Wayne Gacy on April 28th 2004 in United States District Court in Santa Monica California.

Goth-rock superstar, Marilyn Manson (birth name Brian Warner) filed a lawsuit against a former member of his own original band "Marilyn Manson & The Spooky Kids" and Empire Musicwerks. Empire Musicwerks recently released the CD with companion DVD, Lunch Boxes & Choklit Cows by The Spooky Kids, championed by former Spooky Kids/Marilyn Manson guitar player and producer Scott Putesky.

Brian Warner, p/k/a Marilyn Manson and Stephen Bier p/k/a (another member of Spooky Kids/Manson band known as Madonna Wayne Gacy ) claimed in a lawsuit the release was an infringement of copyright, unauthorized use of illustration, images and film footage. Manson asked for cease and desist of sales of the CD Lunch Boxes & Choklit Cows, return and destruction of all product and promotional materials, and is claiming an estimated $500,000 in damages and asking for other punitive damages and attorney costs.

From: Luck media


May 2004
Manson and Pogo sue Scott Putesky
You may remember, that on 20th April, Scott Putesky, aka 'Daisy Berkowitz', released ten Spooky Kids era songs and some video footage on a CD (plus DVD) entitled 'Lunch Boxes and Choklit Cows'. Manson and Pogo are now suing over the use of certain images.

To halt the CD's sale and distribution, they have started legal proceedings against both Scott and Empirewerks Records. The album and DVD apparently make unauthorized use of illustrations from Manson's book 'The Long Hard Road Out of Hell' and of Manson and Pogo's likenesses.

BBC news: Manson sues ex-bandmate

Daisy won the right to use the music itself in an acrimonious October 1998 settlement 'agreement'.

The latest legal suit was issued in Los Angeles on 28th April, Scott's birthday. And here's the contentious front cover artwork of the CD. Note: the revised version is very similar but with the text centred and without the figures at the bottom.
Spooky Kids cover art
14 May 2004
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