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Madonna sued over plagiarism charges

A Sydney artist has sued pop queen Madonna for stealing a perfume logo designed by him. He said that the "M" symbol used on the singer's new Truth or Dare perfume bears too much of a resemblance to the symbol he had been painting and...

entertainment Updated: May 07, 2012 18:44 IST
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A Sydney artist has sued pop queen Madonna for stealing a perfume logo designed by him.

RJ Williams, whose pieces have hung in the corridors of the Art Gallery of NSW and Museum of Contemporary Art, is taking legal action against the 53-year-old singer over what he claims is a breach of copyright.

The 32-year-old said that the "M" symbol used on the singer's new Truth or Dare perfume, launched last month, bears too much of a resemblance to the symbol he had been painting and using on clothing for eight years and which he trademarked last year.

"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," News.com.au quoted him as telling The Sunday Telegraph.

"It's about my integrity as an artist.

"I do not think it should be able to be used by a giant cosmetics company," he said.


Last week, Williams sent a legal letter to Madonna's agent, Guy Oseary, requesting the star 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.


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