Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Perfume Logo Attracts Lawsuit

Madonna’s new perfume is facing a lawsuit from an Australian artist who claims the packaging for the fragrance is copied from his trademarked logo.



The ‘Truth or Dare’ perfume was launched in New York last month, with the Queen of Pop herself putting in an appearance at Macy’s. But artist RJ Williams says the ‘M’ symbol on the perfume’s bottle and cardboard sleeve resembles his own artwork a little too closely – you can compare for yourself above.
Williams says he trademarked the logo last year, and has used it on clothing that he has sold for eight years now. He views the perfume logo as a breach of copyright. He told Australia’s The Sunday Telegraph:
“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. It’s about my integrity as an artist. I do not think it should be able to be used by a giant cosmetics company.”
The artist adds that he has sent a legal letter to Madonna’s agent, Guy Oseary. In his correspondence, Williams requested that the star immediately stop infringing his copyright, and has asked to be provided with all profits made so far. He has suggested entering into a licence with him for future use of the symbol.

Do you think the two symbols are too close for comfort? Tell us in the comments!