It’s been two months since we final checked in on the combat between blues singer Anita “Woman A” White and nation music band Woman Antebellum (who determined to change their name to Lady A back in June regardless that there was already a girl performing underneath that identify). The 2 sides met to debate how one can proceed again in June, with the band proudly declaring that they both agreed to share the name regardless that unique Woman A’s conclusion was simply that she was going to maintain utilizing the identify and didn’t care what the band did. A month later, the band decided to sue her, which—let’s be completely honest right here—made them appear to be assholes. At greatest. One thing a lot worse at worst. (Let’s not neglect that it is a Black girl they’re suing, and the rationale they modified from Woman Antebellum within the first place was as a result of they lastly realized that the outdated identify may very well be interpreted as a fond recollection of the pre-Civil Conflict days within the American South, a.okay.a. when slavery was nonetheless authorized.)
Lady A responded shortly after that, however now Rolling Stone says she’s gone forward and filed a countersuit in opposition to the band, alleging that she has “nationwide frequent legislation rights” to the Woman A trademark and that her use of it predates “any rights within the Woman A mark allegedly owned by Woman Antebellum.” (In its go well with, the band argued that it has been utilizing Woman A as a nickname for years, regardless that it solely ever appeared to pop up in conditions the place individuals couldn’t be bothered to write down out the total identify.) Woman A additionally argues that this entire factor “has overshadowed searches for her on social media and music providers,” leading to “misplaced gross sales, diminished model id, and diminution within the worth of and goodwill related to the mark.”
The band solely filed its lawsuit after Woman A requested for a $10 million settlement in alternate for letting them utilizing the identify, with Rolling Stone noting that she says she solely did that after determined that the band wasn’t taking her objections significantly sufficient. The band’s lawsuit, in the meantime, didn’t ask for any cash or compensation, as a substitute serving simply to determine that the band may use the identify and that Woman A couldn’t sue them over it later (which is what she’s doing now).