Los Angeles, California-based Stones Throw Records is known for innovative album packaging and promotional strategies. In 2012, the label founded by Peanut Butter Wolf made cassettes of one of their more recent signees, Jonwayne, and designed the jewel case to look like Marlboro cigarette packages.
Big Tobacco company Philip Morris has officially taken umbrage with the release. Stones Throw revealed that Philip Morris cease-and-desisted the independent label regarding the Jonwayne Cassette. The law firm of Arnold & Palmer, LLP served papers to the label this week. Stones Throw provided scans. The C&D alleges that the label is infringing on the copyright and trademark of Marlboro. The first page is embedded below:
Previously, Jonwayne has produced for Homeboy Sandman’s First Of A Living Breed, one of Stones Throw’s 2012 album releases. A year ago this month, Wayne released Oodles Of Doodles on the imprint.