Country band Lady A filed a trademark rights lawsuit against a blues singer who uses the same name.
In June, the band – formerly known as Lady Antebellum – changed the name “after many personal reflections” and conversations with “closest black friends” because the word “Antebellum” refers to a period of time “which includes slavery” he said .
A blues singer from Seattle, Washington, however, had already been using the name for more than two decades.
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Now, the national trio is taking legal action, according to Billboard, after the blues singer ̵
In addition, the suit – which was filed Wednesday in the United States District Court of Nashville for the Middle District of Tennessee – claims that White and his representation “filed a draft settlement agreement that included an exorbitant monetary claim.” The store reported that the requested amount was $ 10 million, according to a statement obtained by the band.
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“Today we are sad to share that our sincere hope to unite with Anita White in unity and common purpose is over,” said the note. “She and her team requested a payment of $ 10 million, so reluctantly we came to the conclusion that we must ask a court to assert our right to continue using the name Lady A, a trademark that we have held for many years. “.
According to Billboard, the lawsuit claims that the group has used both monikers – Lady Antebellum and Lady A – interchangeably since 2006 or 2007, and that in July 2011 they registered Lady A with the United States Patent and Trademark Office without opposition .
“Before 2020, White did not contest, in any way, the open, obvious and widespread use at national and international level of the LADY A brand as a source indicator for the music and videos recorded, downloadable and streaming of the plaintiffs, the plaintiffs “Live music performances or the sale of souvenir items by the plaintiffs,” says the seed, according to the store.
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The day after the change of name was announced, Rolling Stone published an interview with White, 61, who criticized the reasoning behind the change.
“This is my life. Lady A is my brand, I have used it for over 20 years and I am proud of what I have done,” he said.
White continued: “This is too much right now. They are using the name because of a Black Lives Matter accident which, for them, is only a moment in time. If it had mattered, it would have mattered to them first. He shouldn’t have taken George Floyd to die for them to realize that their name had a slave reference to it. “
The singer went on to say that “it is an opportunity for them to pretend they are not racists or to pretend that this means something to them”.
“If it did, they would do some research. And I’m not happy about it. You found me easily on Spotify – why couldn’t they?” White asked the plug.
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According to the blues singer, the band didn’t contact them before making the change, which she called a “pure privilege”.
“I’m not going to lie down and let this happen to me,” he added. “But now the burden of proof is on me to prove that my name is, in fact, mine, and I don’t even know how much I will have to spend to keep it.”
At the time, a representative of the band told Rolling Stone that the trio was unaware of White and that they also had plans to join her. And the following week, the group revealed that they had indeed reached.
“Today we connected privately with the artist Lady A,” the band wrote on Instagram along with a screenshot of a video chat. “There have been transparent, honest and authentic conversations. We are excited to share that we are moving forward with positive solutions and common ground. The pain is turning into hope. More to come.”
Representatives of both artists did not respond to Fox News’ requests for comment.
Fox News’ Mariah Haas and Jessica Napoli contributed to this report, as did The Associated Press.