Seattle blues singer Anita “Girl A” White has countersued the nation band Girl A, in an escalating authorized dispute over their title.
The case dates again to June when the band, previously referred to as Girl Antebellum, modified their title over its hyperlinks to slavery.
White, who has been performing as Girl 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 had been filed in Seattle on Tuesday, are the newest growth in a case that has develop into more and more bitter.
Girl Antebellum determined to alter their title in June after the demise of George Floyd and Black Lives Matter protests (the phrase antebellum is used to seek advice from the interval and structure within the US South earlier than the Civil Struggle).
Nonetheless, they had been unaware that White had been utilizing the title for the reason that Nineties, till she criticised them for making the change 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) fee.
In July, they sued the singer, searching for a declaration that they might proceed to make use of the title. Authorized papers confirmed the band had filed a trademark for Girl A in 2010, and had used the time period in merchandise and promotions earlier than then.
White’s counter-suit claims she has a standard regulation proper to the Girl A trademark, based mostly on her use of the title for albums and stay performances courting again greater than twenty years.
Her attorneys argue that the Nashville band’s use of the title has already resulted in “misplaced gross sales, diminished model identification, and diminution within the worth of and goodwill related to the mark”.
“The impact of the title change on Ms White’s means to tell apart her music within the market was overwhelming,” mentioned the papers filed on Tuesday.
“Web and social media searches for Girl A, which had readily returned outcomes for her music, had been now dominated by references to Girl Antebellum. Ms White’s Girl A model had been usurped and set on the trail to erasure.”
Due to this, White is searching for undisclosed damages in a jury trial, in addition to the only rights to the Girl A reputation.
Her attorneys have additionally requested for a “affordable royalty price for any gross sales of music or musical performances rendered underneath the Girl A mark”.
The band, who’ve received 5 Grammys and scored seven prime 10 albums within the US, have but to reply.
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