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Old 05-30-2009, 12:32 AM   #1
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Default Ozzy suing Black Sabbath

Lawyers representing Ozzy Osbourne have filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office against the heavy metal icon’s Black Sabbath bandmate, Tony Iommi, claiming the man responsible for some of the genre’s most memorable riffs illegally assumed sole ownership of the Black Sabbath name.

According to the New York Post, Osbourne’s suit seeks a 50 percent stake in the “Black Sabbath” trademark. Furthermore, the filing claims Osbourne is entitled to a portion of the profits Iommi has generated through use of the band name, and suggests it was Osbourne’s “signature lead vocals” that helped propel the band’s “extraordinary success.” The suit also points out that Sabbath’s popularity took a nosedive during Ozzy’s absence during 1980 and 1996, when former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio took over behind the mike stand.

The suit follows one filed by Iommi in December 2008 against Live Nation. In that filing, Iommi claims the concert giant sold merchandise bearing the band’s logo, despite the 2006 expiration of a merchandising deal, reportedly worth nearly $80 million. Soon after that agreement concluded, Iommi reclaimed the band’s trademark.

Iommi’s suit argues Live Nation continued to sell more than 100 items of merchandise featuring the band’s likeness, name and logo, despite the receipt of cease-and-desist orders from the guitarist’s camp. Iommi’s suit seeks damages in the amount of three times the profits from the merchandise sales, plus a halt to the Black Sabbath product sales.

In a recent interview with Decibel magazine, both Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler said that working with Dio was actually much easier than working with Ozzy. “Ronnie’s a songwriter in his own right — he’s got tons of ideas,” Butler said. “Whereas Ozzy … in the old days, he’d come up with a vocal line and I’d write the lyrics. Ronnie is 100 percent involved in both the musical side and the vocal side, and he writes his own lyrics as well.”

Iommi kept the band going without him and developed a fanbase off of the vocals of Dio, Tony Martin and Ian Gillian. Ozzy is controlled by Sharon and all she cares about is money. I hope to god that he dosent win.
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Ozzie Sabbath was pure gold. Can't imagine what my teenage life would have been like without track after track of Sabbath blasting from my 69 Nova!

But this is just plain bullshit.

This reeks of SHARON! That bitch has USED Ozzies fame to commercialize herself!


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Ozzie Sabbath was pure gold. Can't imagine what my teenage life would have been like without track after track of Sabbath blasting from my 69 Nova!

But this is just plain bullshit.

This reeks of SHARON! That bitch has USED Ozzies fame to commercialize herself!



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Um... She also found him in a hotel room killing himself with drugs after he left Sabbath, cleaned him up, sobered him up (enough to walk out of the hotel room) and got his career back on track. She also broke from a VERY cushy job with her father to do that.

I don't know... painting Sharon like Yoko Ono is a bit unfair.
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But we all know whatever she can do for money she will too.
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Um... She also found him in a hotel room killing himself with drugs after he left Sabbath, cleaned him up, sobered him up (enough to walk out of the hotel room) and got his career back on track. She also broke from a VERY cushy job with her father to do that.

I don't know... painting Sharon like Yoko Ono is a bit unfair.
i dunno preacher... someone who allready has more money than they know what to do with, sueing for even more ... well just kind of reeks of a greed to me ...

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i dunno preacher... someone who allready has more money than they know what to do with, sueing for even more ... well just kind of reeks of a greed to me ...

"It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." (Matthew 19:24)

At this point, with Ozzy and Tony, I think it is more about personal rivalry and who should get credit for the popularity of the band. It doesn't reek of greed to me, it reeks of pride. That, Ozzy and Tony both have.
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Default Re: Ozzy suing Black Sabbath

I listen to only Black Sabbath WITH Ozzy.

His vocals did make them awesome.

He'll lose though. Same thing Roger Waters tried to pull on Pink Floyd, he sued Gilmore for Gilmore's use of the name Pink Floyd starting withthe Momentary Lapse of reason album. Waters lost, Gilmore got to keep using the name Pink Floyd, Wright and Mason involved of coarse as well. So David Gilmore can now tour as Pink Floyd with whoever he wants in the band, or as David Gilmore.

Ozzy won't win this case.
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Um... She also found him in a hotel room killing himself with drugs after he left Sabbath, cleaned him up, sobered him up (enough to walk out of the hotel room) and got his career back on track. She also broke from a VERY cushy job with her father to do that.

I don't know... painting Sharon like Yoko Ono is a bit unfair.
i agree without sharon there may not have been a solo career for ozzy

isnt she the one to hire randy rhoads
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