Bad Trademark Day for Green Day


  • Imagine going to a concert of one of the world’s biggest rock bands and seeing a giant reproduction of your art on stage. L.A.-based artist Dereck Seltzer says in a new lawsuit that it happened to him. Dereck Seltzer sues Green Day for copyright infringement and unfair competition. Seltzers alleges thatGreen Day used his artwork in a music video and he was never asked about it nor was he compensated. He says in a complaint filed in federal court in Los Angeles. “They added the cross, but my artwork was clearly and deliberately used. Even after I complained, they continued to use it, offering me concert tickets in settlement.(Thanks Eriq for the info)Seltzer is seeking up to $30,000, or $150,000

  • (if the infringement is found to be willful) for each copyrighted work infringed. According to the complaint, filed by Todd Bonder at Rosenfeld Meyer & Susman, the art was reproduced on stage as well as on Green Day’s website and in performances of the song “East Jesus Nowhere” distributed on video, and broadcast on television as part of Green Day’s performance at the American Music Awards.

Here is a copy of the complaint


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