Thursday, April 21, 2005

:: adgruntie :: Tom Waits gets legal over TV spot

+ reports that according to Yahoo a Scandinavian TV commercial for Opel cars has been attacked by Waits because he did not give permission for his music to be used.
He has said: “In answer to the many queries I have received: No, I did not do the Opel car commercial currently running on TV in Scandinavia. I have a long-standing policy against my voice or music being used in commercials and I have lawyers over there investigating my options. But I got to tell you, it doesn't look good. This is the third car ad, after Audi in Spain and Lancia in Italy."

Waits went on to say: "If I stole an Opel, Lancia, or Audi, put my name on it and resold it, I'd go to jail. But over there they ask, you say no, and they hire impersonators. They profit from the association and I lose - time, money, and credibility. What's that about? Commercials are an unnatural use of my work ... it's like having a cow's udder sewn to the side of my face. Painful and humiliating."

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