Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi Settle Dispute Over BLACK SABBATH trademark

Multiple sources (Blabbermouth.net, Musicnewsnet.com, Toronto Sun) reported on the joint statement issued by Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath band partner Anthony Iommi announcing that the two had reached a settlement of the ongoing trademark litigation between the two over the ownership of the BLACK SABBATH mark (see John Osbourne (p/k/a Ozzy Osbourne) v. Anthony Iommi, Case No. 09-cv-04947 (S.D.N.Y. Filed May 26, 2009) (previously blog posts on the dispute here and here):

Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi of the legendary heavy metal band BLACK SABBATH have amicably resolved their problems over the ownership of the BLACK SABBATH name and court proceedings in New York have been discontinued. Both parties are glad to put this behind them and to cooperate together for the future and would like it to be known that the issue was never personal, it was always business.

According to the reports, Ozzy became interested in resolving the dispute after the death of their mutual friend Ronnie James Dio back in May. As usual, the terms of the settlement have not been disclosed.

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