As The ZFT vs Zappanale Soap Continues

I received Zappanale‘s 19th newsletter yesterday, which talks mainly about the ZFT vs Zappanale trial. Remember that one? Back in August, there was talk of an out-of-court settlement:

The Zappa Family Trust may be willing to compromise. ZFT lawyers now say that the Zappanale can use the Zappa name if they brand the festival as “Zappa music and more.”

Now, my German is as rusty as an early 90s Russian submarine but as I understand it, here’s how things appear to have evolved since then from the ZFT claim’s perspective: if the festival’s organizers wish to keep the festival going, they are to report — at the earliest occasion — name and location of any artists playing, as well as any (FZ) tunes on their playlist.

It would then be GZ’s deity-given, exclusive prerogative to veto any artists she feels “violate the integrity and intentions” of FZ, from playing at Zappanale.

A hostile take-over, if you will.
Nennt man solch eine Forderung vielleicht Zensur? Ist das nicht unheimlich? (Yes Bob Again, I’m way ahead of you!)

The Zappanale guys beg to differ, and so yet another court meeting is scheduled at the Düsseldorf Landgericht where, as Thomas Dippel puts it, “things are in good hands”.

On a completely off-topic note: yes, I’ve been out of the loop lately and yes, there’s a very good reason for this.

“Oh, do tell Barry!”

Any day now, any day now…

9 Responses to “As The ZFT vs Zappanale Soap Continues”

  1. Paul Sempschi says:

    bah, damn incomprehensible Zappanese! I read it 4 times and still cant tell, is this Zappanale’s settlement or what the ZFT are proposing for a settlement?

    Otherwise, thanks for the update!

  2. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    A quote from Paul Sempschi:

    is this Zappanale’s settlement or what the ZFT are proposing for a settlement?

    This is the ZFT pooting forth another claim on top of the previously issued “brand it as ‘Zappa music and More’”, as far as I understand.

  3. THE KOP says:

    why? why? why? don’t that woman get a proper hobby like women do… bingo, knittting, incontinence, for example!! then she can leave all the serious stuff to everyone else?? how old is she now? 60ish?? Hmmm, maybe its dementia/Paranoiya/ halitosis and bromadrosis
    setting in?? ……….LETS SECTION THE BITCH! .. before it goes UNIVERSAL!!!

  4. SOFA - Philostopher/Chef says:

    My Brother,
    If I’m not one of the first you contact when the moment arrives, I will be hurt. The evening vibes (prayers) are increasing exponentially.
    I am SO with you both!

  5. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    A quote from SOFA – Philostopher/Chef:

    My Brother,
    If I’m not one of the first you contact when the moment arrives, I will be hurt. The evening vibes (prayers) are increasing exponentially.
    I am SO with you both!

    You shall be contacted presto SOFA, no worries! Many thanks for the good vibes, much appreciated…

  6. Hans says:

    In other news I am going to see Zappatika tonight. They are recording a live DVD. Considering giving Gail the one finger salute …

    http://www.myspace.com/zappatika

  7. urbangraffito says:

    I think if Gail and her posse of lawyers get their way, the only thing greeting Zappa fans at Zappanale in Bad Doberan next year will be a single computer with a link to Barfko-Swill and the latest DVD of ZPZ because absolutely no Zappa tribute band will ever measure up to GZ and the ZFT.

  8. joe ntj says:

    huh? i thought we was talkin’ HEART here.

  9. Mcinnes says:

    Hope you enjoyed the gig Hans !

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