EXCLUSIVE: The Weeknd Blasted By Man Trying To Sue Him Over “Starboy”
theJasmineBRAND exclusively reports, The Weeknd (real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye) is being blasted by a man for trying to shut down his attempt to profit off the name “Starboy.”
The Weeknd – through his XO Trademarks LLC – filed docs to oppose a man named Eymun Talasazan’s attempt to trademark ‘Starboy”. The singer described himself as a “internationally famous musician” in the court filings.
He explains he announced the release of his album “Starboy” in September 2016, which would go on to sell over 1.5 million copies and was a success. The Weeknd points out that he used the mark “Starboy” to hawk merchandise, used it for his tour name, partnered with Marvel Comics to produce a series entitled “Starboy”, sells clothing under the name in various stores and performed the track on television numerous times. He says his fans know him for the name after years of using it.
He says several months after he released his “Starboy” album, Talasazan filed to trademark “Starboy”. The Weeknd pointed out the man had filed to trademark names that were similar to other artist’s work such as “Straight Outta Bombton” and “Runnin’ Through The 6”. He claims the man has a pattern of attempting to register marks that are associated with the titles of well-known hip-hop albums or songs.
He demanded the trademark board not approve Talasazan’s mark, saying he would be profiting off his years of building the brand and it would cause confusion to his fans.
On May 31st, Talasazan responded to the lawsuit. He denies all allegations that Weeknd filed in his opposition and is seeking to have the board approve his mark despite the singer’s demands.
Talasazan says there is no likelihood of confusion, mistake or deception between his “Starboy” mark and the singers. He says he did nothing wrong and claims The Weeknd has no case against him.