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Justin Timberlake Had No Idea His New Song Title Was Also The Name Of Anti-Rape Group!

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We bet Justin Timberlake is wishing he could take back the title of his new single!

It was just last week that JT released Take Back the Night and we gotta say, we DIG the tune! But one organization isn't so fond of Timberlake's new jam.

The Take Back the Night Foundation is an international group that aims at preventing rape and other forms of violence. And they say Justin used their name WITHOUT their permission!

Lawyers for the organization informed Timberlake that they were disturbed by his song title and its R-rated lyrics. But Justin is saying he had no idea he was copying an existing name!

JT released a statement on Monday saying he not only didn't mean to offend the foundation but is a HUGE supporter of their cause! Justin said:

"Upon the release of my new single ‘Take Back The Night’, I was made aware of an organization of the same name called The Take Back The Night Foundation. I wanted to take this opportunity to let all know that neither my song nor its lyrics have any association with the organization. As I’ve learned more about The Take Back The Night Foundation, I’m moved by its efforts to stop violence against women, create safe communities and encourage respectful relationships for women — Something we all should rally around. It is my hope that this coincidence will bring more awareness to this cause."

Hmm. So what now? Do we just…move on and continue dancing? Or does Justin have to scrap his new single?

We think it was an honest mistake on JT's part and agree that this could actually bring more awareness to the organization! But given that the name IS their registered trademark, we wonder how much further action they'll now take.

What do YOU think Justin Timberlake should do in this head-scratching sitch???

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8 comments to “Justin Timberlake Had No Idea His New Song Title Was Also The Name Of Anti-Rape Group!”

  1. 1

    Justin looks sleep deprived in this picture.

  2. Taramasou says – reply to this


    While I think that's a wonderful foundation, I think that it's a bit silly to make a big deal over his song name. It's not like he named the song "The Taking Back the Night Foundation"
    People are way too oversensitive these days. As Justin said, maybe this will bring more awareness to their cause, but it really should stop there.

  3. 3

    A mistake ?
    He did not commit any mistake.
    He didn't know. Period.
    And even if he did, since when does someone own the rights to an English expression ? (That appeared also in a Highlander episode…)

  4. 4

    Imagine the reverse. J.T. would have his legal team on them so fast to shut them down. But a simple "oh I didn't know" is okay?

  5. 5

    It's just a coincidence. I'm all for anti-rape, but people need to chill out with the whole "you stole this" shit.

  6. TruthSpeaker says – reply to this


    donate some of the proceeds from the sale of the single to the organization and BOOM- increased sales for the "good guy" and increased awareness of the organization. win win- i'm available for more consulting if you need me Justin- just say Truthspeaker & i'm there for you!

  7. danielle says – reply to this


    yeah he should donate to the foundation… but come one… is everyone supposed to know they exist? i've never heard of them…

  8. SSS says – reply to this


    The hell! Every other news sight where this was posted said he didn't know but was happy the song was connected to something so good. Why are you trying to make trouble where there is none Even you should know better Perez, you don't play the fame game with an anti-rape group. For shame.