Australian Street Artist RJ Williams Sues Madonna Over ‘M’ Symbol
This week, Sydney, Australia’s The Sunday Telegraph reported that Sydney native RJ Williams has begun legal proceedings against American musician Madonna after she released a perfume baring a logo that appears to be similar to Williams’ trademarked “M” symbol.
“Friends from all over the world have been calling me upon seeing the Truth or Dare by Madonna campaign to express their disgust and support,” Williams told The Sunday Telegraph. Madonna’s Truth or Dare perfume line launched last month, and is brandished with a similar symbol to the one that Williams has been using for eight years to represent his art endeavor, The Massive Corporation, he says, and which he acquired a trademark for just a year ago.
“It’s about my integrity as an artist,” Williams explained. “I do not think it should be able to be used by a giant cosmetics company.”
According to the report, Williams has sent a legal notice to Madonna’s representatives, requesting that she discontinue use of the symbol, provide him with all profits made so far, and enter into a licence with him for future use of the trademark.
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