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article imageOzzy Osbourne to sue former bandmate

By Jane Fazackarley     May 31, 2009 in Entertainment
Ozzy Osbourne, who was once the lead singer of Black Sabbath is to take legal action against Tony Iommi. Ozzy claims he is owed royalties.
Ozzy Osbourne is alleging the guitarist has claimed the full rights to the 'Black Sabbath' name and that this has meant that he has lost out on earnings from merchandise.
The amount the former lead singer is claiming has not yet been specified. He will also claim for lost earnings and wants it made clear that he part owns the trademark.
The guitarist says that Ozzy gave up the rights to the name sometime in the eighties. Iommi filed the Black Sabbath name as a trademark in 2000.
Ozzy Osbourne has said that the four members of the group should all have equal rights to the name. A lawyer for Osbourne has disputed that the singer had given up the copyright of the name.
Ozzy Osbourne has issued a statement which said:
"Tony, I am so sorry it's had to get to this point by me having to take this action against you,"
"We've all worked too hard and long in our careers to allow you to sell merchandise that features all our faces, old Black Sabbath album covers and band logos, and then you tell us that you own the copyright."
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