The Smashing Pumpkins are suing Virgin Records, saying the record label has illegally used their name and music in promotional deals that hurt the band's credibility with fans
Virgin put out the Smashing Pumpkins' music for more than 17 years, but the only active agreement between the two parties, the lawsuit claimed, is a deal granting Virgin permission to sell digital downloads of the band's songs. The agreement does not give Virgin the right to use the band in promotional campaigns to sell outside products, the lawsuit said.
UPDATE (3/26/08) -- Billy Corgan speaks out: "I'm sure they indicated to Pepsi that they had a right to do this, full well knowing they do not have the right,"
[breach-of-contract lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday, 3/24/08]