Ol’ Dirty Bastard‘s estate sent Lil Wayne‘s Young Money Entertainment a cease-and-desist letter on Wednesday (July 11) challenging the company’s pending applications to trademark the phrase “New Dirty Bastard,” according to The Blast.
The letter claims that Young Money’s requested trademarks, filed on May 31, infringe on the estate’s “full right, title, and interest in and to the name and likeness” of ODB. The late Wu Tang member’s lawyers threaten legal action if the label declines to withdraw its applications.
According to the documents on file in the United States Patent and Trademark Office database, Young Money seeks permission to use the phrase “New Dirty Bastard” for the purposes of record production, music streaming, clothing and jewelry. It’s unclear what inspired the applications.
After leaving Cash Money Records in June, Wayne has hinted that his long-awaited Tha Carter V is coming soon, but he has never referred to the project by any other name. Young Money’s roster also notably includes Nicki Minaj, who is scheduled to release her next album Queen on Aug. 10.
As for how Dirt McGirt’s people are working to preserve his legacy, the estate launched an ODB-branded cryptocurrency titled Dirty Coin in March. “In the past, dad’s music was ahead of its time, so it makes sense that he would be ahead of the technology of money now,” Dirty’s son said in a statement at the time.
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