Quebec firm sued by Zappas

The family of iconoclastic rock legend Frank Zappa is suing a small Quebec city-based furniture retailer for copyright violation.
They were using Watermelon to sell furnitures and appliances!!! :-O (btw, the statement “In the song, “Joe” joins the “Church of Appliantology” is not exact, no? this is just the imaginary guitar solo…and they even post an excerpt of the song…oh well)

4 Responses to “Quebec firm sued by Zappas”

  1. Barry says:

    Gotta hand it to the Ad Agency Man: using Watermelon in Easter Hay for an appliances commercial (Appliantology!).
    I was a little puzzled with this statement in the article though: In their statement of claim, the Zappa family says Watermelon in Easter Hay is one of the musician’s three signature tunes. What exactly do they mean by “signature tunes”, and which are the other two?

  2. Dr Sharleena says:

    I dunno, and i dunno.

  3. ian says:

    I think the other two are Black Napkins and Zoot Allures,
    these together with Watermelon are effectively “banned” from being played by anyone apart from Dweezil.
    I think this is correct, as I think I read it on the zappa.com FAQ. As always, willing to stand corrected.

  4. hairfarmer says:

    You are correct! Gail has stated, more than once, that any and all of Frank’s pieces are available for performance rights except WIEH, BN and ZA. Frank specifically didn’t want anyone but Dweezil to play them after he died.

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