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Monday, June 1, 2009

Ozzy Sues Old Friend and Band Member for Sabbath Name

Ozzy Osbourne, former frontman of Black Sabbath, is furious with guitarist, Tony Iommi, for falsely claiming rights to the Sabbath name and has filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Osbourne claims that his vocals “were responsible for the band’s extraordinary success and popularity," according to Billboard. The star wants fifty percent of the share of the name for himself and a split of the profit while he was not in the band as well. The guitarist has not yet responded to the suit but acknowledged the fact that if he made music under the Black Sabbath label instead of the Heaven and Hell label he uses now, people would expect to hear “Iron Man” and other songs that made it big primarily by Osbourne. Iommi wants to steer clear of the “Osbourne era” and play the music primarily from band member Ronnie.

Osbourne’s publicist released a statement in which Ozzy apologizes things have made it to the point that he must sue Iommi; however he makes it clear he does not want Iommi to have rights to the copyright and hopes he will do the right thing.

-Sarah Saltzman

Currently listening to: "Kids" from Oracular Spectacular by MGMT

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