Tuesday, 9 November 2004

Copyright infringment... and everyone's happy!

Cult fave US indie band The Postal Service ("Such Great Heights") got themselves into a bit of bother lately, when the USPS - that's the United States Postal Service to you and me - decided to issue their label SubPop with a cease-and-desist order.

According to a report from the New York Times, "though [the USPS] were very, very flattered that we were using the name, they need to enforce their copyright." Not exactly the screw everyone ethos of punk.

The problem seems to have been solved with the USPS "granting a free license to use the name in exchange for working to promote using the mail". Apparently all future copies of the Postal Service's albums will mention this arrangement and the USPS will in return sell copies of the albums in their outlets.

Sometimes things do work out for everyone involved.

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