Ozzy Urges Iommi To 'Please Do The Right Thing'

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Ozzy Osbourne has spoken out about his decision to sue former bandmate TONY IOMMI over the use of the Black Sabbath moniker, insisting the legal action is regrettable after three years of attempting to settle the matter amicably.
The rocker has filed a lawsuit in a federal court in Manhattan, New York, accusing guitarist Iommi of falsely proclaiming to be the sole owner of the Black Sabbath name.
Osbourne alleges he is largely responsible for catapulting the heavy metal stars to fame in the 1970s and that his "signature lead vocals" resulted in the band's "extraordinary success".
And now Osbourne has issued a statement explaining his actions to WENN.
He says, "It is with great regret that I had to resort to legal action against my long term partner, but, after three years of trying to resolve this issue amicably, I feel I have no other recourse.
"As of the mid-1990’s, after constant and numerous changes in band members, the brand of Black Sabbath was literally in the toilet and Tony Iommi (touring under the name Black Sabbath) was reduced to performing in clubs. Since 1997 when Geezer (Butler), Bill (Ward) and myself rejoined the band, Black Sabbath has returned to its former glory as we headlined sold-out arenas and amphitheatres playing to upwards of 50,000 people at each show around the world.
"We worked collectively to restore credibility and bring dignity back to the name Black Sabbath, which lead to the band being inducted into the U.K. and U.S. Rock & Roll Halls of Fame in 2005 and 2006, respectively. Throughout the last 12 years, it was my management representatives who oversaw the marketing and quality control of the Black Sabbath brand."
And, in a note directed at Iommi, Osbourne adds, "Tony, I am so sorry it’s had to get to this point - by me having to take this action against you. I don’t have the right to speak for Geezer and Bill, but I feel that morally and ethically the trademark should be owned by the four of us equally.
"I hope that by me taking this first step that it will ultimately end up that way. We’ve all worked too hard and long in our careers to allow you to sell merchandise that features all our faces, old Black Sabbath album covers and band logos, and then you tell us that you own the copyright.
"We’re all in our 60s now. The Black Sabbath legacy should live on long after we have all gone. Please do the right thing."

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Respecting all opinions stated all over the web, I believe this is Ozzy, nobody else. The lawsuit comes from a good man, kind man, and respectful man only wanting what is justice in this matter for the band and for the fans. Regardless of whether Iommi currently claims sole ownership, something seems wrong about the idea that he is drawing monies for not just his own image but for those including the other three members, and for a name that was built on four backs, not one. Tony Iommi should not be the only person owning the trademark Sabbath. They all admit in an interview during OZZFEST that in their own minds Black Sabbath is Butler, Ward, Iommi, and Osbourne. Nobody else. Without any one of them the name would not have become history. Iommi supposedly got rights to it at a time when the members were vulnerable emotionally, when breakups happened. It just seems calculated on his part.We are now recognizing today the ground-breaking contributions these men had to rock music/metal. Honoring the sixteen plus years four men committed, not just Iommi, is just - Iommi reaping the benefit of it all himself is selfish and unjust. Ozzy tried as his statement says for 3 years face to face guys. How many of you spend that long with a good friend trying to work things out? Give the man a break. By the way? Ozzy has been sober for several years now, following his son Jacks example. This time it is not a joke - it's for real. Ozzy admitted in a recent statement that during the filming of the Osbournes he was not sober. Google "i was stoned every day while filming the osbournes admits ozzy osbourne" to read his statement on dailyrecord.co.uk published May 4, 2009. I hope fans of Sabbath and of Ozzy join me in congratulating him on that accomplishment and stop ignorant trashing of him for mistakes of the past. Watch Ozzy on interviews. He is clearheaded, shy, and still suffers from his disease - but he's engaged and I'm so happy for him and his family. Ozzy took longer than Sully Erna or James Hetfield, with some relapses and denials - he's been at it far longer tho folks. I hope Ozzy is given respect for only wanting what is right in this.
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