Sunday, November 06, 2005

Smile? Naah ... it's all about the money ...

Mike Love and Brian Wilson

Mike Love (the guy on the left) is suing his cousin and former Beach Boys bandmate Brian Wilson (on the right.) It's not the first time.

Love formed The Beach Boys in 1961 with Wilson, Wilson's brothers Carl and Dennis, and Wilson's friend Al Jardine.

According to Associated Press,
Love filed the lawsuit Thursday accusing Wilson of promoting his 2004 album Smile in a manner that "shamelessly misappropriated Mike Love's songs, likeness and the Beach Boys trademark, as well as the Smile album itself."

Love objected to a promotion in which 2.6 million copies of a Beach Boys compilation CD were given away to readers of Britain's The Daily Mail on Sunday newspaper. The lawsuit said the giveaway undercut the band's sales. The lawsuit seeks damages, including "millions of dollars in illicit profits," and seeks at least $1 million for international advertising "to correct the effects of ... unfair competition and infringing uses."

Love's lawyer says it's nothing personal.

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