Madonna's intellectual property dispute team has been busy in recent times. First, there was the allegation in February 2012 that she misappropriated the name 'Girls Gone Wild' from a US adult entertainment company when she used it as the title of the lead single from her latest album MDNA. See previous KatPost here. Now, there is the allegation that she infringed the copyright in an 'M' symbol of Sydney artist RJ Williams when she used a similar 'M' symbol on her new Truth or Dare by Madonna perfume.
RJ Williams, whose pieces have hung in the corridors of the Art Gallery of NSW and Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, has recently claimed in The Sunday Telegraph that Madonna's 'M' symbol 'bears too much of a resemblance' to the symbol which he has 'been painting and using on clothing for eight years' and which he 'trademarked last year'. He further added: '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'.
Mr Williams has stated that he sent a legal letter to Madonna's agent, Guy Oseary, requesting that Madonna immediately stop infringing his copyright, provide him with all profits made so far and enter into a licence with him for future use of the symbol.
So far there has been no response from Mr Oseary or Madonna's legal team.
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Merpel cannot help but think that Mr Williams might be overstating the situation when he claimed that 'all' profits made from Madonna's perfume were directly related to the use of the 'M' symbol. Surely some of the profits were related to Madonna's reputation as the Material Girl and Queen of Pop herself?