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Comic book writer, Eymun Talasazan, is suing The Weeknd for trademark infringement and wants all copies of the singers’s comic book, “Starboy” recalled and destroyed because that’s his idea!
Talasazan created that comic book universe in 2014 which was about rap stars and R&B. Eymun had met with The Weeknd’s people back in 2017 and he had talked with them about incorporating “Starboy” into his comic. It was around this time that the comic writer had also filed for trademark of “Starboy” near the same time that he had a meeting with the artist’s people. That year “Abel” already had his album and song out with that name!
Talasazan says that the Marvel comic had a “near identical premise as the one he had pitched the year before.” He also said that he met with Stan Lee in 2016 for collaboration in regards to the story line and characters of his comic. His entertainment attorney says: “This is not a case about who created or first used the term “Starboy.” This case will decide if a songwriter automatically (without filing a trademark application) obtains trademark protection for all later uses of a word, even if those later uses have nothing to do with albums, song titles, music or lyrics.”
Is this the end of “Starboy” as we know it?