Sieg Zappanale!

Remember a certain lawsuit issued by a certain dead rockstar‘s widow against a certain fan-organized tribute festival? As it turns out, said widow just lost the appeal. Robert who mailed in the story, says:

Sorry, currently only available in german. But the message is simple: GZ had appealed against the negative decision from some time ago, this appeal has now been denied, which completes the lawsuit in favor of Zappanale.

From my understanding, the Zappanale festival even retains the right to use FZ’s trademark imperial in its promotional material.

15 Responses to “Sieg Zappanale!”

  1. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    Follow-up!
    This just in from Thomas Dippel, Zappanale Head Honcho:

    A quote from Barry’s Imaginary Publisher:

    Zappanale siegt über Zappa Family Trust

    Oh mein Gott, das ist ja noch schöner als ein 4:0 Sieg gegen Australien.

    Verkündet am 15.06.2010 hat der 20. Zivilsenat des Oberlandesgerichts Düsseldorf im Namen des Volkes für RECHT erkannt:

    Die Berufung des Klägers (Gail Zappa) gegen das am 21. Januar 2009 verkündete Urteil der 2a Zivilkammer des Landgerichts Düsseldorf wird zurückgewiesen.

    Auf die Berufung des Beklagten zu 1. (Arf-Society) wird dieses Urteilteilweise geändert und insgesamt wie folgt neu gefasst:

    Die Klage wird abgewiesen.

    Auf die Widerklage des Beklagten zu 1. wird die Gemeinschaftsmarke der Klägerin 001933944 “ZAPPA” für ab dem 01. August 2007 verfallen erklärt.

    Die Kosten des Rechtstreit trägt der Kläger.

    Mein ganz besonderer Dank gilt unserem Anwalt Herrn Johannes Vogel, der uns in diesem Rechtstreit so außerordentlich fachkundig beraten und immer wieder Mut gemacht hat. DANKE HERR VOGEL!!!

    Ganz großen Dank aber auch an Freunde des Vereins und des Festivals ohne deren moralischer Unterstützung die letzten 3 Jahre kaum zu überstehen waren!

    Dank Euch allen, wir werden versuchen uns mit einem Superfestival bei Euch zu revanchieren. Auf geht es in den Endspurt, mit neuem Mut.

    Thomas Dippel
    Vorsitzender Arf-Society

  2. Thinman says:

    Remarkable is this:

    Auf die Widerklage des Beklagten zu 1. wird die Gemeinschaftsmarke der Klägerin 001933944 “ZAPPA” für ab dem 01. August 2007 verfallen erklärt.

    Which means something like: Since 08/01/2007 the trademark “Zappa” is declared expired.

    Th.

  3. ThomasW says:

    Hallo KUR,
    the Article in english.
    http://www.zappanale.de/zappanale/en/news/191-zappanale-siegt-ueber-zappa-family-trust.html

    Cheers

  4. Sol Rosenburg says:

    Why not spend more time, energy, and money on new vault releases instead of lawsuits?!?!?!? Menage a trois anyone?

  5. metafunj says:

    A quote from Sol Rosenburg:

    Why not spend more time, energy, and money on new vault releases instead of lawsuits?!?!?!? Menage a trois anyone?

    Maybe now that it is over they will!

    Wow the Zappa copyright is expired in .de. I guess this is another read it and weep moment. I hear a Trendy tear somewhere.

  6. metafunj says:

    Does anyone know how this compares to U.S. copyright laws? I would think the imperial would still be trademarked in the U.S.

  7. Bob says:

    Ist das nicht unheimlich?

  8. profusion says:

    Aber beklecker nicht das Sofa.

  9. Hans says:

    Toll!

  10. Jamez says:

    Iss’ doch toll!

  11. urbangraffito says:

    I could not have heard happier news, Barry. Though I seriously doubt this decision will stop the ZFT and her draconian (some say, Republican) tactics in California and North America any time soon. Any one willing to attempt to copyright or trademark a pre-existing style of moustache, or one’s last name (which many, many others share) reminds me of those 19th century rubber barons more interested in the acquisition of wealth by any means, and to hell with any consequences…

  12. Chuck says:

    …and wouldn’t all that money, time and effort have been better spent serving the purposes of the composer and releasing “Dance Me This” which was a finished work of his… or working on the release of other works in the Synclaver or getting an Orchestra to play Sinsiter Footwear and release it or a Quartet to record “None Of The Above” and release it.

    No Gail thinks protecting the copyright of a stupid moustache logo is more important… she really serves the purposes of the composers legacy so well!!

  13. Johnny Quest says:

    This is awesome. Good on Germany for having a sane and logical legal system. Didn’t they declare Scientology not a religion a few years back? That was a big one and I have no problem comparing Gail’s antics to the antics of a draconian money & power obsessed evil cult.

  14. Robert says:

    A quote from Johnny Quest:

    Didn’t they declare Scientology not a religion a few years back?

    The Scientology organization is under investigation in Germany. Their status as being a religion or not is still legally unclear. Most court decisions say that they are not a religion but some courts acknowledge that they also deserve some of the consitutional protection of religious freedom.

  15. Stewart says:

    Scientology is not recognised as a religion in the UK, Canada, France or Germany as far as I am aware. Incidently i watched some clips from Battlefield Earth on youtube yesterday in the hope it might be one of those films in the ‘Cheepnis’ category. No, nope and nae. Even the trailer was enough to make me feel slightly nauseous and give me a stabbing pain somewhere in the left hemisphere of my brain…

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