Madonna made news a few months ago when she launched her first-ever perfume. The scent, called Truth or Dare, is now in the news again, but this time for less celebratory reasons.
The Sunday Telegraph in Australia reported that Sydney-based artist RJ Williams sent a “legal letter” to the singer because of the logo on the bottle, which is a a stylized M with a cross shape above it. Williams claims he’s been painting a similar symbol (see above) and using it on clothing for eight years; he even trademarked the symbol last year.
According to the Telegraph, he sent a legal letter to long-time Madonna manager, Guy Oseary, demanding that she “stop infringing his copyright, provide him with all profits made so far and enter into a license with him for future use of the symbol.”
It’s about my integrity as an artist,” Williams told the Telegraph. “I do not think it should be able to be used by a giant cosmetics company.”
This isn’t the first time Madonna has been accused of being a copycat with her cosmetics. Last summer she released a line of nail polish for her Macy’s Material Girl line which looked suspiciously like Butter London; no legal action was taken in that situation.
Do you think this artist has a case?