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2009

OZZY SPEAKS ABOUT BLACK SABBATH TRADEMARK ISSUE

Below is my official press statement on the official Black Sabbath trademark lawsuit. I am very saddened that I’ve had to take legal action against Tony. This is something that I’ve tried to avoid for years. I am not Geezer or Bill’s voice. However, till the day I die I will not change my mind on this issue. The Black Sabbath trademark should be equally owned by Geezer, Bill, Tony and I as the true Black Sabbath lineup is Tony, Geezer, Bill and I. We’ve all been mates since school. I’ve always said there is an invisible thread that holds us together. Tony, lets get this ridiculous issue sorted and move on with our lives. You’re 61, I’m 60. I hope that we’ve got a good 20 years left in us. But if not, God Forbid something happens to you. What’s going to happen to the Black Sabbath trademark? Who’s going to oversee it? Don’t you think after we’re long gone the rights should stay in your family, my family, Bill’s family and Geezer’s family?

Statement from OZZY OSBOURNE:

“It is with great regret that I had to resort to legal action against my long term partner, Tony Iommi, 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, Bill 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 UK and US Rock & Roll Hall of Fames 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 through OZZFEST, touring, merchandising and album reissues. The name "Black Sabbath" now has a worldwide prestige and merchandising value that it would not have had by continuing on the road it was on prior to the 1997 reunion tour. 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 60’s now. The Black Sabbath legacy should live on long after we have all gone. Please do the right thing.”

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I like both of Ozzie and Black Sabbath, and I think that Ozzie first made history with Black Sabbath and then by himself. Without Ozzie nobody would have even heard about Black Sabbath, they should be grateful to him.

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WINGATE WOW this crap saying things about Sharon is totally out of line. This is not apart of the issue for gods sake.This is about the fact that some one is using Ozzy's name face and still making money off his works and not paying him this is just not right. there would have never been a Black Sabbath without OZZY. That is the facts. Pay the man and shut the f*** up.

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WINGATE you all gave us great music as black sabbath.but to think that someone in that band with Ozzy would think that OZZY has no claim to the copyrights of this ere. please the one's that believe this should take a good long look in the mirror and be honest with yourselves. How far do you really think you would have gotten with out him would you be in the spot lite you were in back then. I could be wrong. but I think not. It is very obvious that the Ozzie has proven his genius and contribution to the black sabbath band and your stardom. even Ronny James was unable to keep you on the fame page. you guys did rock and had some good music. But nothing like what OZZY and you had. Your own lack of resolve to move forward and advance your skill,style and the growth of the music. I could be wrong but you allowed your self to bring black sabbath to a Holt. Your pride and inverse wrecked the band. You should be thanking Ozzy for your success and financial growth. I own all of these albums and what i see is a great collaboration between to great men. but it is clear who the heavy was and the music maker.I love my Black Sabbath collection and it breaks my heart and really pisses me off to think that Ozzy has been screwed. It's ironic i own no black sabbath albums with Ronny James Dio. but i own all of his solo records. also none of your own solo works. Quite frankly it just did not sound like the Black Sabbath that i love. If you would have done as a very wise man had ask of you. Black Sabbath may still be what OZZY is now. So put a side your foolish pride and Square your self with the right and your friend. You will find piece in that and your anger shall pass. P.s. please someone make sure tony Get's this message. I really want him to get this .Oh and fell free to send him... why I'm a OZZY fan as well

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