Marilyn Manson (real name Brian Warner) and bandmate Madonna Wayne Gacy (Stephen Bier) have resolved a key issue in a federal copyright infringement suit filed in April against former band member Scot

LOS ANGELES -- Marilyn Manson (real name Brian Warner) and bandmate Madonna Wayne Gacy (Stephen Bier) have resolved a key issue in a federal copyright infringement suit filed in April against former band member Scott Putesky (Billboard.biz, May 13).

Putesky and the Empire Musicwerks label have agreed to remove artwork and images on the album "Lunch Boxes & Choklit Cows" that are similar to copyrighted art by Manson, according to Putesky's attorney, Richard Wolfe. The set is a collection of tracks cut by Manson's early band the Spooky Kids.

Retailers will be able to sell off copies of the album bearing the offending artwork; the artwork will be changed on future pressings. Film footage featuring an animated rendering of the art will be deleted from the limited-edition DVD that accompanies some copies of the album.

However, other issues in the action remain undecided. Jeffrey Light, one of Manson's attorneys, says that contrary to a press release issued by a public relations firm on behalf of Putesky and Empire, the suit has not been settled. Light says the plaintiffs will seek compensatory and punitive damages and attorney's fees.

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