Blues singer Woman A sues Woman A, the band, for copyright infringement
Seattle blues singer Anita “Woman A” White has countersued the nation band Woman A, in an escalating authorized dispute over their title.
The case dates again to June when the band, previously referred to as Woman Antebellum, modified their title over its hyperlinks to slavery.
White, who has been performing as Woman A for many years, is now suing for sole utilization of the title and compensation.
She claims confusion over the title has led to misplaced gross sales.
The authorized papers, which have been filed in Seattle on Tuesday, are the most recent improvement in a case that has turn out to be more and more bitter.
Woman Antebellum determined to alter their title in June after the loss of life of George Floyd and Black Lives Matter protests (the phrase antebellum is used to consult with the interval and structure within the US South earlier than the Civil Struggle).
Nonetheless, they have been unaware that White had been utilizing the title for the reason that 1990s, till she criticised them for making the swap with out contacting her.
Band members Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and David Haywood later spoke to the 61-year-old, declaring that they had shared “clear, trustworthy, and genuine conversations”.
However talks broke down, and the trio mentioned that White had demanded a $10m (£7.8m) cost.
In July, they sued the singer, looking for a declaration that they may proceed to make use of the title. Authorized papers confirmed the band had filed a trademark for Woman A in 2010, and had used the time period in merchandise and promotions earlier than then.
White’s counter-suit claims she has a typical regulation proper to the Woman A trademark, based mostly on her use of the title for albums and dwell performances courting again greater than 20 years.
Her attorneys argue that the Nashville band’s use of the title has already resulted in “misplaced gross sales, diminished model id, and diminution within the worth of and goodwill related to the mark”.
“The impact of the title change on Ms White’s skill to differentiate her music within the market was overwhelming,” mentioned the papers filed on Tuesday.
“Web and social media searches for Woman A, which had readily returned outcomes for her music, have been now dominated by references to Woman Antebellum. Ms White’s Woman A model had been usurped and set on the trail to erasure.”
Due to this, White is looking for undisclosed damages in a jury trial, in addition to the only rights to the Woman A reputation.
Her attorneys have additionally requested for a “affordable royalty payment for any gross sales of music or musical performances rendered underneath the Woman A mark”.
The band, who’ve received 5 Grammys and scored seven high 10 albums within the US, have but to reply.