Judge Rules Warhol Estate Free to Use Velvet Underground’s Famous Banana

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The Velvet Underground is pissed, all these years later, that Andy Warhol's foundation has licensed the rockers' iconic banana logo on run-of-the-mill consumer goods like iPad cases (but not, thankfully, on Warhol-inspired soup cans). However, attempts to make the estate stop have gone splat — a judge ruled that, since Warhol never copyrighted the banana he plucked from an advertisement to use on the band's first album, there's no legal traction. [NYP]