NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nation group Girl A, which dropped the phrase “Antebellum,” from their title due to the phrase’s ties to slavery, has filed a lawsuit in opposition to a Black singer who has carried out as Girl A for years.
The Grammy-winning vocal group filed the lawsuit on Wednesday in federal court docket after negotiations with Anita White broke down in latest weeks. In line with the lawsuit, the band is looking for a ruling that their use of the trademark “Girl A” doesn’t infringe on White’s alleged trademark rights of the identical title. The band is just not looking for financial damages.
The group made up Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood introduced the title change final month, saying they had been regretful for not making an allowance for the phrase antebellum’s associations with slavery.
However White, who has been releasing blues and soul music for years as Girl A, complained publicly that the band by no means reached out to her earlier than altering their title. Negotiations over the title failed to succeed in an settlement. A supervisor for White didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
In line with the lawsuit, the band utilized for emblems for the title “Girl A” for leisure companies and to be used on clothes again in 2010 and no oppositions had been filed by any individual or entity.
“Once we discovered that Ms. White had additionally been performing underneath the title Girl A, we had heartfelt discussions along with her about how we are able to all come collectively and make one thing particular and delightful out of this second,” mentioned the group in a press release. “We by no means even entertained the concept she shouldn’t additionally have the ability to use the title Girl A, and by no means will — at this time’s motion doesn’t change that.”