Girl A, the Grammy-winning nation trio often known as Girl Antebellum till a couple of weeks in the past, has sued Seattle blues artist Girl A, whose actual title is Anita White, over a dispute for the rights to the title. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Courtroom for the Center District of Tennessee, seeks to show that the band shouldn’t be infringing on trademark rights through the use of the title and that each artists can carry out with the title.
“Right now we’re unhappy to share that our honest hope to affix along with Anita White in unity and customary function has ended,” the band mentioned in an announcement after submitting the go well with. “She and her workforce have demanded a $10 million cost, so reluctantly we now have come to the conclusion that we have to ask a courtroom to affirm our proper to proceed to make use of the title Girl A, a trademark we now have held for a few years… We hope Anita and the advisers she is now listening to will change their minds about their strategy. We are able to accomplish that rather more collectively than on this dispute.”
The band’s lawsuit specifies that the trio has held a trademark for the “Girl A” title for over a decade. “The Musical Group began utilizing ‘Girl A’ as a supply indicator for his or her items and providers as early as 2006-2007, adopting as an official model a reputation their followers started associating with the Musical Group as they rose to reputation,” the group claimed within the go well with. “The Musical Group has used ‘Girl A’ interchangeably with ‘Girl Antebellum’ for the reason that 2006-2007 timeframe.” The band isn’t asking for monetary compensation however to get a declaratory judgement that the group hasn’t infringed on any trademark for the title.
The nation trio modified its title final month due to the racial undertones of the phrase “antebellum,” which refers back to the pre-Civil Conflict South. However the black blues singer voiced her frustration to Rolling Stone over the change as a result of the band hadn’t reached out previous to the announcement. White has used the Girl A reputation for many years, touring and releasing a number of albums below the moniker. She’s releasing one other album, Girl A: Dwell in New Orleans, on her birthday on July 18th.
Within the go well with, the group declare that regardless of their official Girl Antebellum title, the time period “Girl A” was interchangeable with their official title and that the Seattle singer “by no means used ‘Girl A’ as a trademark to determine her items or as a service mark to determine her leisure providers.”
Days after White’s preliminary feedback, the band reached out and mentioned discovering a decision with the singer, later writing on Instagram that the 2 events had been “shifting ahead with constructive options and customary floor.” In line with the lawsuit, the artists talked about collaborating on new music, and that there have been initially no talks of a financial deal to resolve the dispute.
However the dialog rapidly derailed, and White emailed Rolling Stone the day after their Zoom assembly, saying that whereas the dialog she had with the band appeared productive, she’d “obtained an settlement from the Antebellum camp that’s soley (sic) to guard them and erase me with no forethought regardless of the nice religion dialog we had yesterday.”
She acquired new authorized illustration after that change, by Cooley LLP (who White says is representing her professional bono) and on July seventh, White despatched a brand new proposal to the band. The go well with calls White’s $10 million settlement proposal “exorbitant.” White has since advised Rolling Stone that she requested for $5 million for herself and one other $5 million to be donated to Black Lives Matter. “I didn’t ask for something earlier than; I advised them a number of instances I didn’t wish to coexist. I shouldn’t should combat for my title. They’ve completely, completely erased me,” White tells Rolling Stone. “In mild of the textual content messages of them being heat and fuzzy, that was all an act, and I see that now.”
Learn the total lawsuit, and the nation group’s full assertion, beneath:
Right now we’re unhappy to share that our honest hope to affix along with Anita White in unity and customary function has ended. She and her workforce have demanded a $10 million cost, so reluctantly we now have come to the conclusion that we have to ask a courtroom to affirm our proper to proceed to make use of the title Girl A, a trademark we now have held for a few years. It was a stirring in our hearts and reflection on our personal blindspots that led us to announce a couple of weeks in the past that we had been dropping the phrase ‘Antebellum’ from our title and shifting ahead utilizing solely the title so lots of our followers already knew us by. Once we realized that Ms. White had additionally been performing below the title Girl A, we had heartfelt discussions together with her about how we are able to all come collectively and make one thing particular and delightful out of this second. We by no means even entertained the concept she shouldn’t additionally have the ability to use the title Girl A, and by no means will – right now’s motion doesn’t change that. As a substitute, we shared our tales, listened to one another, prayed and spent hours on the telephone and textual content writing a track about this expertise collectively. We felt we had been introduced collectively for a purpose and noticed this as dwelling out the calling that introduced us to make this alteration within the first place. We’re disillusioned that we gained’t have the ability to work along with Anita for that larger function. We’re nonetheless dedicated to educating ourselves, our youngsters and doing our half to combat for the racial justice so desperately wanted in our nation and world wide. We’ve solely taken the primary small steps and can prioritize racial equality as a key pillar of the work of LadyAID, particularly leaning into supporting and empowering our youth. We hope Anita and the advisers she is now listening to will change their minds about their strategy. We are able to accomplish that rather more collectively than on this dispute.”