Disturbing Tha Peace and Island Def Jam Sued for Playaz Circle Logo
Another day, another lawsuit. Disturbing Tha Peace and Island Def Jam Music Group were recently hit with a civil lawsuit for trademark infringement and trademark dilution over the usage of the name and logo for Playaz Circle, a hip-hop duo, which included 2 Chainz (then known as Tity Boi) and Dolla Boy.
Torrey Cook, who contends he own the Playaz Circle trademark, has filed the lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern Division of Atlanta. Cook’s claim includes: “Even though Mr. Cook worked with Mr. Epps and Mr. Conyers, he never authorized their use of the Mark. Instead, Mr. Cook made it very clear to all Business & Legal Affairs, that Mr. Cook’s Mark was still being prominently displayed on the Def Jam Music Group and Disturbing Tha Peace websites,” and “Defendants’ unauthorized use of the Mark has caused, and will continue to cause, irreplaceable injury to Plaintiff and to the goodwill with the Mark and Plaintiff has no adequate remedy at law.”
Cook's claiming that as a consultant to up-and-coming musicians, he has used the Playaz Circle name and logo commercially since 1995. While Cook confirms that he’s worked with both Chainz and Dolla, when the group was billed Playaz Circle, but he assures that he never gave the rightful permission for the name and logo to be used commercially.
So what’s the problem? Because it clearly states: “In or around 2004, Mr. Cook worked with Mr. Epps and Mr. Conyers. At that time, Mr. Cook allowed them to be part of one of his compilations, which featured artists that Mr. Cook believed were ‘up and coming.’”