Ozzy and Tony Iommi Settle Black Sabbath Trademark Lawsuit

Jul 21, 2010 - LegalZoom News Sources
The legal fight over the Black Sabbath trademark has come to an end

Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi may have been a little paranoid of each other in recent months but the two have settled their trademark lawsuit over the name Black Sabbath, a band the two were in together from 1968 to 1980.

Osbourne sued Iommi over the band name in May 2009, claiming that the guitarist illegally assumed sole ownership of the name, according to Rolling Stone. The band’s former lead singer had asked that the name Black Sabbath be split equally between himself, Iommi and the two other original band members, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward.

The lawsuit was recently “amicably resolved,” reports the news source.

"Both parties are glad to put this behind them and to cooperate together for the future and would like it to be known that the issue was never personal, it was always business," Osbourne and Iommi said in a joint statement.

Osbourne left the band in 1980 and went on to a successful solo career while Black Sabbath brought in Ronnie James Dio to take over singing duties.