Not so fast!
After Mutya Buena announced on-line yesterday that she had won the rights to the name of the band she helped form, Sugababes, a spokesperson for the current line-up of the girl group came forward to clarify the ruling, and claims that the ruling may not be as cut and dry as it sound!
Further to ongoing media speculation and mis-reporting of the facts by various sources, we would like to clarify the following;
Over 4 months ago (21st April 2011) it was officially confirmed by the European Trade Marks Department that Sugababes were successful in claiming their ongoing right to use the name “Sugababes” for all areas of commercial activity that the band requires, namely within the music, sound recording and entertainment industry, as well as being granted extensive rights to produce a wide range of merchandise.
The trade mark rights for Class 16 (excluding those items which are already covered by Sugababes merchandise, e.g. posters, stickers, etc.) include certain paper and cardboard goods, such as stationery, paper gift wrap and paper gift wrapping ribbons. This is a category that currently holds no commercial interest for the band and, accordingly, the band has no immediate plans to challenge Ms. Buena for these rights.
What on Earth?!
So Mutya fought them for the rights to paper gift wrap?!
Is she planning on starting her own line?
That doesn't make sense at all!
We'll be very innerested to see if/how this continues to play out!
What do U think? Who should have the legal rights to the name Sugababes??
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