Gibson Guitar admitted to the Justice Department on Monday that it violated the Lacey Act by importing rosewood and ebony from Madagascar and India for its instruments. The admission is getting praise from lawmakers who are also giving a nod to musicians who pushed for the law.
Reps. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., applauded the settlement and thanked musicians who signed a pledge opposing "blood wood," or wood imported into the U.S. that violates native countries' logging laws.
"I would also like to praise Sting, Dave Matthews Band, and Guster, along with the multitude of musicians and other individuals who stood up for the Lacey Act and who pledged to use legal, sustainable musical instruments. Let's keep the good tunes on good wood coming," Markey said in a statement.
Good tunes on good wood? Oh my. (Also, who singles out Guster, like, ever?).
Other musicians who pledged support for the Lacey Act, which was passed in 2008, include: Bonnie Raitt, David Crosby, Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson, Maroon 5, Jack Antonoff, F.U.N., Jason Mraz, Bob Weir, Barenaked Ladies, Brad Corrigan of Dispatch, O.A.R., Brett Dennen, Guster, Razia Said, Mick Jagger, Lenny Kravitz, Bryan Adams and Lana Del Ray.
The Justice Department deal stipulates that criminal prosecution will be deferred but Gibson will have to deal with penalties of up to $600,000.
Photo: Dave Matthews performs with the Dave Matthews Band at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Calif. on Monday, Oct. 1, 2007. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
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