Sony force Optimo to destroy compilation sleeves

Sony served a cease and desist to the record label to protect their Now That’s What I Call Music! copyright

Optimo Records have been served a cease and desist letter from Sony after they judged a forthcoming post-punk compilation originally called Now That’s What I Call DIY! (Cult Classics From The Post-Punk Era 1978-82) too close in name to their Now That’s What I Call Music! series.

“I couldn’t reach agreement with Sony to modify the existing sleeves that was either satisfactory to them or cost effective to me, so the original sleeves will be destroyed,” Optimo Music head JD Twitch told RA. The decision has resulted in costs totalling “several thousand pounds.”

The compilation will now be named [Cease & Desist] DIY! (Cult Classics From The Post-Punk Era 1978-82) and released on 30 October.

See the tracklist, made up of late 70s and early 80s rarities, below.

01. Tesco Bombers – Break The Ice At Parties
02. Sara Goes Pop – Sexy Terrorist
03. People In Control – When It’s War
04. Nancy Sesay & The Melodaires – C’est Fab
05. The Distributors – TV Me
06. Dorothy – Softness
07. Thomas Leer – Private Plane
08. Visitors – Electric Heat
09. The Murphy Federation – Fed Up Skank
10. The Distributors – Never Never
11. The Cro-tones – Tea Machine Dub
12. Fatal Microbes – Violence Grows
13. The Spunky Onions – How I Lost My Virginity
14. The Fakes – Look Out
15. The 012 – Meltdown Situation
16. The Prats – Disco Pope

(via RA)