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POLYGRAM RECORDS FILES TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT SUIT AGAINST RECORDING GROUP VERVE

 LOS ANGELES, June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- PolyGram Records has filed a lawsuit against Vernon Yard/Virgin Records artists Verve, a new and developing alternative rock group from Wigan, England. Verve unwittingly incurred the wrath of the mega-corporation by its choice of band name, which PolyGram maintains is a registered trademark, for which it (for its long-established jazz label) control exclusive rights. PolyGram contends that by calling itself Verve, the group is "likely to cause confusion in the minds of the public ..."
 Keith Wood, president of Vernon Yard Recordings, responded to the lawsuit: "We are puzzled and disappointed by PolyGram's action. Our opinion is that Verve the band and Verve the label are at opposite ends of the musical spectrum. I cannot imagine a record buyer mistakenly coming home with the new Verve album when they've set out to buy a Charlie Parker box set." Wood went on to say, "PolyGram themselves have in recent months re-released several recordings by a rock band called Angel, with apparently no qualms about the fact that consumers might confuse the band with the long-established classical label, Angel. This situation is not without its ironies, but the band doesn't find it very funny, as the legal costs alone present a major obstacle in what is now a very promising career."
 Verve has released three EPs in the United Kingdom, where it is well established as one of the most promising and original new bands. The group has graced the covers of almost all of Britain's weekly music papers, and its live shows consistently draw sold-out crowds. In the United States, where Verve has thus far released one EP, Billboard recently featured the band on its cover, and Alternative Press describes its soon-to-be-released LP as "Best Album of 1993."
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 /CONTACT: Sue Sawyer of Virgin Records, 310-288-2420/


CO: Vernon Yard/Virgin Records; PolyGram Records ST: California IN: ENT SU:

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