Gimme Shelter (from the lawsuits)
The Groningen brewery Martinus has to stop selling specialty beers with the well-known Rolling Stones logo on the bottle, reports the GIC, for alleged copyright violation. The Rolling Stones ‘tongue’ logo was designed by John Pasche in the 1970’s, whilst he was a student at art college. ‘The Stones’ paid him just 50 pounds (and another 200 pounds in 1972) for his work. Right on.
Martinus had produced six specialty beers for the Unzipped exhibition in the Groninger Museum, which seems to have gripped everyone over the age of 40 in the city of Groningen in a frenzy.
The brewery used a logo from the toolkit that Marketing Groningen (who should probably know about these things) and the Groninger Museum had made available to entrepreneurs to promote the exhibition. The logo shows the world famous tongue, with the colors of the Groningen flag.
According to Sandra Lamberts of Marketing Groningen, the brewer has met all the conditions of both its organization and those of the Groninger Museum. She dares not say why the management of the Stones has instructed the brewery to stop selling. Mick Jagger was unavailable for comment.
“It was meant to be a sympathetic gesture so this is very annoying,” says Lambers. The three parties are now talking to each other and looking for a solution.
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