The Rolling Stones are suing a German clothing company for using their mouth logo on a poster.
The Sun says that the band have filed a lawsuit via their Netherlands-based lawyers Musidor BV against New Yorker Fashion for using the iconic image, pictured above, and have made demands for a settlement of £210,000 in addition to a £17,000 fine.
A spokesperson for the Stones said: “As with any band or major brand, we will be fiercely protective of our commercial properties, be that songs, gigs or logos. If we didn’t chase up improper use it would set a dangerous precedent.”
However, New Yorker Fashion’s CEO Fritz Knapp – who was also forced to remove the offending posters in 800 shops as well as more than 3,000 clothes tags which also had the logo on them – reacted angrily to the legal action taken by the band. “The tongue is not the Stones’ alone,” he said. “The posters were made by our creative department. I won’t let the Stones ban my tongue.”
Earlier this month (August 9), it was revealed that The Rolling Stones had reportedly played the loudest gig ever to take place in London’s Hyde Park, but had only received one complaint about the noise. The band played the park twice last month to mark the end of their 50th anniversary tour, with a live album recorded during the shows now available on iTunes.