Ozzy Osbourne Sues Tony Iommi Over Ownership Of Black Sabbath Name

Ozzy Osbourne has filed a lawsuit against his Black Sabbath bandmate Tony Iommi, claiming that Iommi illegally took sole ownership of the band's name.

Ozzy Osbourne Sues Tony Iommi Over Ownership Of Black Sabbath Name
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According to the New York Post, Ozzy Osbourne has filed a lawsuit against his Black Sabbath bandmate Tony Iommi, claiming that Iommi illegally took sole ownership of the band's name in a filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Osbourne is suing Iommi for a 50 percent interest in the "Black Sabbath" trademark, along with a portion of Iommi's profits from use of the name. The Manhattan federal court suit also charges that Osbourne's "signature lead vocals" are largely responsible for the band's "extraordinary success," noting that its popularity plummeted during his absence from 1980 through 1996. Ozzy's suit follows one filed by Iommi in December 2008 against Live Nation. In that filing, Iommi claims the concert giant sold merchandise bearing the band's logo, despite the 2006 expiration of a merchandising deal, reportedly worth nearly $80 million. Soon after that agreement concluded, Iommi reclaimed the band's trademark. Iommi's suit argues Live Nation continued to sell more than 100 items of merchandise featuring the band's likeness, name and logo, despite the receipt of cease-and-desist orders from the guitarist's camp. Iommi's suit seeks damages in the amount of three times the profits from the merchandise sales, plus a halt to the Black Sabbath product sales. Iommi and Geezer Butler have both said some less than kind things about working with Osbourne in a new interview with Decibel magazine. The pair recently completed a new studio album as Heaven & Hell, the post-Ozzy version of Sabbath featuring vocalist Ronnie James Dio, and Butler said that working with Dio was much easier than Osbourne. He explained, "Ronnie's a songwriter in his own right he's got tons of ideas. Whereas Ozzy . . . in the old days, he'd come up with a vocal line and I'd write the lyrics. Ronnie is 100 percent involved in both the musical side and the vocal side, and he writes his own lyrics as well." Butler added that Osbourne didn't take him seriously as a songwriter, saying, "If we were with Ozzy and I came in with the killer riff of all time, Ozzy wouldn't even think of doing it because I'm not the guitarist and that's the way he thinks . . . That's why it was so bloody hard to write anything." Butler said about Heaven & Hell's debut CD, "The Devil You Know", "If we'd written this album with Ozzy, we'd still be working on the first track." Iommi added that there was a sharp difference between the singers live as well, saying, "It was great being with Ozzy on the road . . . but with Ronnie it's a lot different, because we go out and we know exactly what we're gonna be doing. With Ozzy, we didn't really know. It was touch and go sometimes on some of those early shows, whether he was gonna turn up, if he'd be able to sing, if his voice was gone, or what. We'd have to cancel shows, which Geezer and myself really hated. But with Ronnie, we've never canceled a show." Heaven & Hell will tour Europe later this spring and summer, with North American dates scheduled for August. Ozzy Osbourne is currently working on his next solo album. Thanks for the report to Blabbermouth.net.

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    Cannibal Koala
    Kankuro1 wrote: 1. If you read the interview with Ozzy, he said that instead of it being 50/50 between him and Iommi he wants it to be 25/25/25/25 between the four of them. So stop bitching that he is selfish. 2. These guys aren't going to hate each other. This is just Sharon whoring Ozzy out again. He's just to ****ed up from the drugs to realize that. The other guys from Sabbath know that. They will still be friends and tour together until Ozzy realizes he married a controlling physco and kills himself so she can't tarnish his image any more.
    'Nuff said bro.
    maowcat
    Kastm wrote: Did Ozzy forget that Iommi IS Sabbath?
    Yeah, with out iommi there would be no metal, but i'm glad there was an ozzy because there wouldn't have been a randy, and randy is my favourite guitarist of all time, but yeah ozzy is being a little shit face.
    Vedicardi
    SnakeSkinner wrote: I have always said, "Ozzy wouldn't be ANYTHING without his musicians" and now look what he is doing? He blows and will always blow.
    Mhm
    jagonzalezs
    Kastm wrote: jagonzalezs wrote: ozzy made black sabbath famous because what is the most knowed song of Black Sabbath ..... Paranoid are you implying that wasn't a group effort?
    NO BUT I SAY THAT OZZY MADE THAT SONG
    JuiceMogly
    doomsdayscottie wrote: cliffemall123 wrote: The Osbourne's new show bombed and I think they are mad that Heaven and Hell is doing so well, so they needed a new way to make some money. Ozzy didn't even think of the name. And if he thinks he deserves some of the right, then don't Geezer and Bill also deserve some of it? Lame. They even decided to not call Heaven and Hell Black Sabbath because they wanted to reunite with Ozzy someday, but I guess he just killed that. if anyone has actually READ the press release from the Ozzman theyd realize he wants equal partnership for the four of them and didnt mean to step on any toes with this
    Yeah.
    visiofx
    Whatever Ozzy! you know well its still 75% original Black Sabbath lineup...Iommi has all rights to do whatever he wants with the name,hes responsible for the core Sabbath sound...without Iommi..heavy metal sabbathesque riffs wouldnt exist....thered be no metallica,pantera and the likes...Ozzys vocals are replaceable tho hes vocals sound best compared to Dio.Bottomline...Iommi invented the sound we know as Heavy Metal.
    kill it
    this is sad. ozzy sucks, his new music sucks, and his tv shows suck. just go away and let the real musicians in sabbath do their thing. guaranteed his new album will blow. what a brain dead old noob.
    jthm_guitarist
    Hahahahahaha I thought everyone knew Black Sabbath is Tony Iommi! Ozzy only made 8 albums with them and got rich and famous, but Tony stuck in there and made Sabbath EPIC. He deserves rights to the name because... well he IS Black Sabbath!
    Crazylegs11
    Pop culture in the world now adays has just become so inflated. Ozzy left the band years ago and he now wants to have a piece of it. He's been doing just fine on his own and there is no need for him to cause such a big stink about who owns the band. Just like Iommi didn't need to get involved in that merchandise deal. They both have plenty of money and don't need to resort to something as low as sueing fellow musicians to get more.
    gxz
    why the hell does ozzy give a shit? its not like he needs the money
    xophrax
    Typical nowadays.. As if Ozzy needs any more money, if he stopped all his income right now, he'd EASILY be able to live out the rest of his life, quite well, with the money he has. Pathetic.
    How do you know he hasnt blown all of his money?
    xophrax
    They were ALL the band, so why should ozzy think he can just go and say he's the band? Even the bassist has a say so haha. But really, Tony is a HUGE part of the band, and yeah ill admit Ozzzzzy is too.
    cjhoubre
    Vauxite wrote: Typical nowadays.. As if Ozzy needs any more money, if he stopped all his income right now, he'd EASILY be able to live out the rest of his life, quite well, with the money he has. Pathetic.
    he could live well, his kids would live well, his grandkids would live well, his great grand kids would live pretty good. he has enough cash! *facepalm*
    StratStar21
    rocking bassist wrote: I'd hazard a guess that more than 50% of people who have posted here didn't read the damn article.
    ^probably, it seems to me Ozzy is just doing this for kicks cause he's bored, otherwise why wait all these years? just so Tony would have more money for him to try to get? Ozzy doesnt seem like that kinda guy to me.
    Fender6
    HammettFTW wrote: lockdown91 wrote: why don't they send all those money to third world countries? They need it more than Ozzy. so tru, the last person i would want my mony to go to is ozzy. tony was the rieal guy behind sabbath and randy was the real guy behind ozzy (yea, i kno, in his own solo band).
    Axe Samurai wrote: "signature lead vocals" are largely responsible for the band's "extraordinary success," possibly a bit true....but, those "signature vocals" would've got NOWHERE, if Tony Iommi hadn't wrote those monster riffs that we've all come to love.. That famous proverb/saying or whatever comes to mind for me "It Takes 2 To Tango", Ozzy was nothing without the other members and the same the other way around, so this whole thing is PATHETIC! (even more so because he simply doesn't need that money)
    I heard that quote on "Billy Madison". LOL
    achaneygtp
    Wait a sec ozzy cant sue cause he got kicked out of sabbath so he isn't sabbath... thats like dave mustaine sueing metallica for sale increases... ozzy just needs to back off.. hes got enough money. Hope his new album doesn't sell
    rocking bassist
    I'd hazard a guess that more than 50% of people who have posted here didn't read the damn article.
    Slash181
    ChucklesMginty wrote: In response to my first post, the people not underlined are people who were supposedly gonna lose respect XD it was a joke I didn't make clear.
    Joe satriani in that list.....hmm i seriously would consider that lol after all it was cat stevens 'riff' if u wanna call it that, then i sppose satriani played a version of it but obviously stevens was cool with the fact of him playin that then Coldplay....i dont even need to explain this. And they denie it, why lie? lol
    rr623
    sueing tony iommi wtf he invented black sabbath,and ozzy has his solo stuff why does he care ?!!
    Led-Zep
    Force Reaver wrote: People dont know their ass from a hole in the ground. Ozzy made sabbath back in the day because of his awesome stage presence and getting crowds involved. And while Iommi might have written some amazing riffs the man was practically a twig back in old shows. Watch any old footage cause tony just sits there with no emotion what so ever. Yea he has gotten better about that thing now but dont tell me it was all his riffs and him that made sabbath. Because if that were the case all the shitty dio albums would have sold like gangbusters. As much as we dont want to admit it a lead singer is what makes and sells a band "provided" he is backed up with the right musicians. Vocals are what you hold onto in a song. Queen is Freddy, Alice in Chains is Layne, Red Hot Chili Peppers is Anthony,Zep is Plant, and System of A Down Is Serj. Yes Ozzy may have not written the lyrics to many songs but tell me what you hear when you listen to Iron Man in your head. Sure Tonys guitar is distinct and a strong focus but Ozzys voice is the only voice you hear when you think of the lyrics no one elses. And thats what made the sabbath songs radio hits. Because if it wasnt for the catchy voice backing the guitar the songs would have been just some technical bastard soloing and wanking on the guitar for 5 mins and no one wanted to hear that back then. And yes Ozzy is asking for allot of money and rights but lets be fair cause Iommi is asking for three times the amount from merchandise so they both being semi greedy ****s.
    What BS. Electric guitar is the icon of rock music. Make someone "sing" ironman, stairway, or smoke on the water. What will the sing? The guitar riff. Led Zep is Page Van Halen is Eddie RHCP is Flea/Frusciante but i'll have to admit that Queen is Mercury...
    Slash181
    EternalDivide wrote: But I think the level of success should speak for itself. Ozzy continued on to a huge solo career and some of the finest musicians in the world sought to share the stage with him ie: Randy Rhoades, Zakk Wylde. These are two of the biggest ones but believe me the list goes on and on.
    Ozzy made a name for himself outside of Sabbath too. what did these other guys do? Seriously now.. any singer they tried to replace Ozzy with failed and miserabely. Heaven and Hell? FAIL DIO? FAIL Black Sabbath with any other singer?
    Now im sorry, u here sir are stupid. the list goes on... ha. randy roads Zakk wylde was the only decent amazing people that have played 'WITH' ozzy in any solo work or projects outside Black sabbath. Black sabbath on the other hand, lets take the Forbidden cross album with Tony Martin, ****in great album and personaly DIO and Tony Martin both have better, more reliable voices and presence around the band not being a let down. As much as i love ozzy in the way of rock god status but thats all weve ever known.....' the prince of darkness' I mean FFS he's resorting to advertisements of World of Warcraft, he gets told n munipulated what to do by sharon and this is true as sharon was taken to court but im not sure what the results was. Obviously sharon has alot on ozzy from past n possibly future. At the end of the day, you shot the gun n stated something completely false. In respect and quick words, DIO will always have a better more reliable voice which is needed....im i over state this 'WHICH IS NEEDED' in the music industry in the 60's, 70's, 80's and even now which i can see from Iommi's point of view, it must be ****in frustrating workin with someone who can be a complete let down which 1) lets down the customers paying at the festivals 2)lets down the festival organisers making them rush around 3) letting the pr and record companys pissed off as they are losing money through sale of albums, merchandise and any other profit they may recieve 3) piss off the surrounding artists and band members and this is from another musicians point of view, i wish people would see the facts and think....well they both have money to last em a life... why would Iommi be the one saying crap like this if it wasnt true. ive not heard much from ozzy's side yet....just that hes takin iommi to court....untill proven guilty my side is with Iommi....
    Törö
    He talks about dealing the trademark with four guys, but he himself wants 50% of it...? What the ****?
    schismed
    UG is always a little behind in reporting stories. This lawsuit has been in the makings now for over 5 months. THAt is why the new cd is released under a new name. Anyone who reads this should know, this is not Ozzy doing this. This is SHARON OSBOURNE. She is, and always was, out to make some money.
    cliffemall123 wrote: The Osbourne's new show bombed and I think they are mad that Heaven and Hell is doing so well, so they needed a new way to make some money. Ozzy didn't even think of the name. And if he thinks he deserves some of the right, then don't Geezer and Bill also deserve some of it? Lame. They even decided to not call Heaven and Hell Black Sabbath because they wanted to reunite with Ozzy someday, but I guess he just killed that.
    SwamperGene
    lol simple solution for Iommi...take a page out of Ozzy's playbook and recut the old songs with new vocalists.
    AngelWolf
    how does suing an old band mate for money over use of the name or rights, make things feel better. it can't make him feel good if he wins. it will just push him away from being able to reunite with them again. i bet he will never actually manage to spend it all, if he wins. money isn't a healer.
    nesveikuolis
    I personally think, that Osbourne is the worst, least reliable, naive bandmember you can have. Heck, I'd rather work with Mustane, than Ozzy. What a prick.
    AngelWolf
    well..i'm not impressed. i see ozzy's point, kinda, but its really saddening to read about 2 great living legends fight over something so trivial. ozzy doesnt need the money. iommi doesnt need it either. i think the 4 original members should get 25% each. thats the fairest way they could do it. why does this matter.
    Shredder XXX
    I lol at the 50% part. This is not what Ozzy wants at all. He wants equal shares for the original line-up. Sounds fair to me. And, Iommi is well within his rights to crack as much cash out of Live Nation as possible, the prikcs. It sucks that the business/legal side of music is getting more of the limelight than actual music these days.
    Shabalaba
    Crap article, looked it the same article another place, he wants it to be split 25% each. This article doesn't even show what Ozzy said
    Jesstaa
    As much as I reckon Ozzy is awesome, this is stupid. Iommi was more a godfather of metal than Ozzy.
    Lethal Dosage
    m1dnight wrote: You lot should grow up. Ozzy has a right to that money. Im fairly sure if any of you were in his situation you wouldnt hessitate to take legal action if someone had cut you off from something you had a right too.
    This Lets say you sing for a band. You have a very distinct style of singing and the band becomes famous with you fronting it. Wouldnt you want some of the money from songs you recorded and sang live? He has a right to it most if not all of the most memorable sabbath tunes have ozzy fronting the band when the song was recorded.
    rip3149
    tony iommi didn't invent metal. the guy that designed the machine that cut of the tips of two of his fingers and made him resort to lots of power chords invented metal! lol but in all seriousness, this should not be an issue. if ozzy wants the sabbath legacy to go hand in hand with his name after he dies...it's already been done. this is probably sharon's doing, but ozzy has disappointed many by letting her do this.
    gibson jack
    webbtje wrote: For someone who wrote none of the music, this is stepping on a lot more toes that it's worth.
    Exactly. He didn't come up with the name, was out of the band for 16 years and never wrote any songs for them. Why SHOULD he get the band name?
    Kastöm
    Lethal Dosage wrote: m1dnight wrote: You lot should grow up. Ozzy has a right to that money. Im fairly sure if any of you were in his situation you wouldnt hessitate to take legal action if someone had cut you off from something you had a right too. This Lets say you sing for a band. You have a very distinct style of singing and the band becomes famous with you fronting it. Wouldnt you want some of the money from songs you recorded and sang live? He has a right to it most if not all of the most memorable sabbath tunes have ozzy fronting the band when the song was recorded.
    right sure... and lets say you have millions and millions upon millions and millions of dollars, and you just dont think theres enough zeros at the end of those millions, and you just need to make some more money without actually doing any work... wouldn't you try to rip off someone who made your work famous to begin with. If Ozzy never did a single more day of work in his life, he would probably be living a sweeter life than the entirety of Switzerland.
    lp1gmoney
    And before someone decides to be Mr. Technicality, I meant almost as many STUDIO albums as Metallica has.
    Shreddin 4 Life
    What a bunch of crap...a waste of time and money really. So Ozzy leaves and Iommi keeps going with hte rest of the guys for a few years...actually wait - a few decades AND Ozzy waits til NOW to start busting his balls! talk about a case of poor timing. if this were say...20 years ago it'd be more understandable Shame on Ozzy in my opinion. Does he have a right to the title and the riches? Maybe...but the thing is you cut urself out of something or get cut out...doesn't that kinda forefit ur obligation to it and therefore the consequent riches and whatnot that go with it??? Either way, it's a little too late for this if u ask me...sad to see one of the most famous singers of all time - notably and obviously filthy rich as it is - trying to grab some more cash. Considering his past, the ****in' guy's lucky to be alive; why can't he just be grateful???
    lp1gmoney
    jthm_guitarist wrote: Hahahahahaha I thought everyone knew Black Sabbath is Tony Iommi! Ozzy only made 8 albums with them and got rich and famous, but Tony stuck in there and made Sabbath EPIC. He deserves rights to the name because... well he IS Black Sabbath!
    Yea, "only" 8 albums. Thats almost as many as Metallica has. Ozzy has just as much right to the name as Iommi or any other member of that band. Ozzy isn't suing for complete ownership, or even half. Ozzy wants equal ownership of the name between all of the members. If any of you people would have actually read the article, you would understand that. Ozzy was part of the band for 10+ years. If you had spent 10 years in something you helped start, you would be pissed if another member had gotten full ownership of the name. Stop thinking about the money for two seconds, and think about it as if it were you. More power to Ozzy. he has just as much right to the profit made by merchandise sold with the Black Sabbath name as Iommi or the others. I hope Ozzy gets it.
    pinheadslts75
    Oh why should we care? Black Sabbath stopped making music around 1976. They kept releasing albums until 1996. Osbourne has a similar record. Sabbath and Osbourne are overdue to fade into the history books
    ChucklesMginty
    In response to my first post, the people not underlined are people who were supposedly gonna lose respect XD it was a joke I didn't make clear.
    smash119
    I don't care if "Ozzy" era was the best Black Sabbath era. The name belongs to IOMMI! Tony tireless worked for years producing music. It doesn't matter who is more famous.