Thanks, I didn't realize. Question, if you were selling things without a copyrighted image, did they still hassle the vendors? I thought when they cracked down on selling things it was across the board, from Mr. Veggie Burrito's to Mr. Glass pipe / necklaces, etc.
From '89 to 95, I sold pizza bagels (the first from homemade bagels) to grilled cheese and quesadillas. Only that one tour I went with someone who was a good artist and coudl free hand design the shirt (it had on back a big flatbed VW bus, with a giant spoon on the flatbed, with bears driving/waving to you and spillign off te hback of the bus.... it was pretty cool.
The food was always dependent on the locale... some places were downright hostile (cops walking through saying they will be arresting anyone vending when they come back in 5 minutes... and they were true to their word) to a game of bored cops/security largeyl ignoring us completely. In Atlanta, in 1992, I had cops going back and forth the rows of cars in the lot, and I'd simply cut back a few lanes, then go forward a few lanes... it was a fun dance high on acid running around with a lit gas habachi thing and a cooler of food... until they finally said "ok, no more fooling around you are done...." oh yes sir.... but I made $100 bux in an hour's time.
But th eshirt copyright cart was there every day. She was good, too... you'd rarely see her coming. If I did, I'd just put the shirt on like I just bought it.... but other times she was right around the corner watching you... out comes the police badge and off she goes with your product. But we had our tickets for every show that tour, we just had to sell 10 shirts (only made 200 shirts total for te h18 shows we caught) at $15 (or $20 or $10) and then we were done for the day...
Just opened up an old Relix Magazine (June '89) at lunch and there's a half page article on this...from Dennis McNally (dead spokesman). I'll try to upload later if our copy machine gets fixed (not likely)
from the article - copied word for word: Another issue among vendors are the "shirt police", who according to Scott Schwartz, owner of Dye-namic, a Syracuse NY based tie-dye company, were out in force during the Chicago shows. These "Shirt Police" are part of the security teams hired at each city and are under the direction of GD Merchandising. They can be found out confiscating everything from Bootleg "Steal Your Face" patches to T-Shirts sporting silk-screened song lyrics.
McNally said that if the Dead don't enforce copyright protection on the small scale, soon they will find themselves being ripped off big time by professional counterfeiters.
Legal resources against these pros would be nil under what he termed "visitation of copyright". This idea boils down to: if you let the little guy get away with copyright infringement the court will not enforce your rights against the organized bootleggers.
"Grateful Dead Merchandising is only defending itself" McNally concluded.
Given the stakes involved if the on-tour problems continue to escalate, the Grateful Dead organization may face even more drastic means of self defense (MY COMMENTARY, not part of the article...note, the article also discussed gate crashing among other things...I just typed up one small piece of the article).