Justin Bieber is facing a potential lawsuit from Justice.
The “D.A.N.C.E.” troupe sent a cease-and-desist to the “Sorry” superstar due to the album cover for his forthcoming record Justice, as well as the accompanying merchandise, Rolling Stone reported.
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“The morning Bieber announced his album, it was pretty tough to miss. Aside from seeing it all over the internet ourselves, we heard from hundreds of people throughout the day — industry people, Justice fans — and the Justice guys received a ton of messages, not only compelled to point out the similarities between the Justice Justin Bieber album, but confused. ‘Is this a Justice collaboration?’” said Justice’s co-manager Tyler Goldberg of Jet Management.
The band argues that the use of the crucifix logo with the word “Justice” is infringement.
“Your use of the Mark is illegal. You have not received permission from Justice to utilize the Mark. Moreover, Bieber’s work is in no way affiliated with, supported by, or sponsored by Justice. Such use of the Mark is not only illegal, but likely to deceive and confuse consumers,” the cease-and-desist letter reads.
“We have received emails from them where a member of [Bieber’s] management team specifically attached the Justice logo and asked to connect with the Justice logo designer. They mentioned it was to work on a Justin Bieber project, they did not give us any details about it, no mention of an album called ‘Justice’ or a logo using the word ‘Justice,’” said Justice co-manager John Scholz.
“Not only was Bieber’s team actually aware of Justice’s use of the Mark, they sought to use the same artist to essentially duplicate it for the Album. This is textbook bad faith and willful infringement. Through your illegal co-opting of the Mark, you are now subject to immediate legal action and damages including, but not limited to, punitive and injustice relief,” the letter continues.
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