SF BAY GUARDIAN: ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT : ARTBEAT ArtBeat Spin police THOUGH THE PHILADELPHIA POLICE have been accused of many things since the MOVE tragedy and the MUMIA ABU-JAMAL sentencing, you couldn't accuse them of being too quick on the draw in one instance: on Feb. 7 the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania's Court of Common Pleas about a 1992 CD cover made from a 1985 poster created for a Philly police campaign. The album in question was a reissue by the CRUCIFUCKS, a little-known Lansing, Mich., punk band that broke up about 10 years ago. But while the police may have been slow in spotting the so-called problem, they were way too ready to launch their political campaign against it: When the FOP held its press conference on the lawsuit -- a short three hours after it was filed with the court -- legal papers were just en route to BORDERS BOOKS AND MUSIC, which carried the album, and ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES, the S.F.-based record company that released it. Alternative Tentacles in particular was a little surprised when journalists started calling about the lawsuit. States JELLO BIAFRA, no stranger to legal wrangles, in his written announcement for his record company: "We at Alternative Tentacles Records are always suspicious of any legal action that begins with a press conference before anyone is served any legal papers. Having not seen any papers in regard to this lawsuit, we have no idea what this is really about." According to DALE WILCOX, press officer for the Philadelphia [479 lines left ... full text available at <url:http://www.reference.com/cgi-bin/pn/go?choice=message&table=05_1997&mid=4011485&hilit=COPYRIGHT+LEGAL> ] -------------------------------- Article-ID: 05_1997&3916371 Score: 84 Subject: Re: Who 'owns' Sherlock Holmes?