Levon Helm Loses Lawsuit In NYC

The Band’s founding drummer Levon Helm lost a lawsuit today against advertising agency BBDO Worldwide Inc. Helm originally filed the suit in 2004, claiming that he had never granted the rights for the agency to use the classic Band track “The Weight” in a commercial for the Cingular Wireless cell phone company. But an appeals court ruled that The Band’s 1968 recoding contract gave the record label the right to license the song to the agency without further approval.