According to TMZ, Ozzy Osbourne's Ozzfest has filed a lawsuit against the organizers of the interactive outdoor festival OZY Fest, claiming that the New York City event and its logo were confusing music fans.
OZY Fest, billed last year as OZY Fusion Fest, returned to Central Park's Rumsey Playfield this past July, featuring performances by Jason Derulo, Samantha Bee, Issa Rae, RuPaul, Zara Larsson and Talib Kweli, as well as panels featuring Malcolm Gladwell, Katie Couric, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Adam Grant, Van Jones, Von Miller, Whitney Wolfe, Grover Norquist and Michael Moe.
After receiving a cease-and-desist letter from Ozzfest's attorneys, OZY Fest, described by The New York Times as "part music festival, part TED talk, part food fair," claimed it wasn't a concert and insisted it was more of a "media-focused event."
Now Ozzfest is suing to prevent an encore use of the name and for profits from this year's OZY Fest.
Monowise Limited Corporation (MLC), the company behind Ozzfest, says in its cease-and-desist order, which was filed on Wednesday (October 18), that the OZY Fest marks "are nearly identical in sight, sound, connotation and commercial impression to MLC's well-known Ozzfest mark."
"Defendants' OZY Fest Logo consists of psychedelic imagery, which consumers associate with rock music," the complaint states. "On information and belief, defendants intentionally use brightly colored-in blots and paint splatter in their OZY Fest Logo to create psychedelic imagery, and for the express purpose of impressing upon consumers that defendants' festival includes rock music, just like MLC's Ozzfest event."
The 2016 OZY Fusion Fest attracted nearly five thousand guests who interacted with art, engaged with speakers, tasted food and partied to live music, all in one place.