MGMT Sue French President!
Government Pay Artists One Euro For Song
MGMT aren't all chart topping glory and good-natured Brooklyn swagger.
Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden are serious about their money and will unleash their legal hounds if you mess with it. Just ask French President, Nicolas Sarkozy (the dude married to hotty, Carla Bruni), and his government - they're being sued by the band for copyright infringement after 'Kids' turned up in an official online video without permission.
Sarkozy has claimed the use of the song was an honest mistake and offered the band one euro as a goodwill gesture. They weren't impressed. And neither was their lawyer, Isabelle Wekstein.
According to her: "This offer is disrespectful of the rights of artists and authors. It is insulting. We are dealing with acts of counterfeiting, an infringement of intellectual property".
While the department that looks after the French government's online content did pay a one-use fee for the song, it ended up being used repeatedly in online videos.
Still, things are pretty good in MGMT world right now. The pair won Best New Band and Best Track at the recent NME Shockwave Awards and have more trophies and plaques lying around the tour bus then they know what to do with.