Blues singer Lady A sues Lady A, the band, for copyright infringement

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Seattle blues singer Anita “Girl A” White has countersued the rustic band Girl A, in an escalating criminal 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 acting as Girl A for many years, is now suing for sole utilization of the title and reimbursement.

She claims confusion over the title has resulted in misplaced gross sales.

The criminal papers, which have been filed in Seattle on Tuesday, are the newest construction in a case that has transform increasingly more sour.

Girl Antebellum made up our minds to modify their title in June after the dying of George Floyd and Black Lives Subject protests (the phrase antebellum is used to discuss with the length and structure in the USA South sooner than the Civil Struggle).

Alternatively, they have been unaware that White have been the usage of the title for the reason that 1990s, till she criticised them for making the transfer with out contacting her.

Band contributors Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and David Haywood later spoke to the 61-year-old, mentioning that they had shared “clear, truthful, and original conversations”.

However talks broke down, and the trio mentioned that White had demanded a $10m (£7.8m) fee.

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Girl Antebellum – now Girl A – with the 3 Grammys they received in 2010

In July, they sued the singer, searching for a declaration that they may proceed to make use of the title. Felony papers confirmed the band had filed an indicator for Girl A in 2010, and had used the time period in products and promotions sooner than then.

White’s counter-suit claims she has a commonplace legislation proper to the Girl A hallmark, in line with her use of the title for albums and reside performances courting again greater than 20 years.

Her attorneys argue that the Nashville band’s use of the title has already ended in “misplaced gross sales, reduced logo id, and diminution within the worth of and goodwill related to the mark”.

“The impact of the title trade on Ms White’s skill to differentiate her track on the market was once overwhelming,” mentioned the papers filed on Tuesday.

“Web and social media searches for Girl A, which had readily returned effects for her track, have been now ruled by way of references to Girl Antebellum. Ms White’s Girl A logo have been usurped and set at the trail to erasure.”

As a result of this, White is looking for undisclosed damages in a jury trial, in addition to the only real rights to the Girl A reputation.

Her attorneys have additionally requested for a “cheap royalty charge for any gross sales of track or musical performances rendered beneath the Girl A mark”.

The band, who’ve received 5 Grammys and scored seven best 10 albums in the USA, haven’t begun to reply.

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