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Legal row brews over Ozzy beer.

A LEGAL row is brewing over a tribute ale made to honour Birmingham rock legend Ozzy Osbourne.

US beer maker The Brewer's Art has been warned to withdraw bottles of its Ozzy beer by the rocker's management because its packaging allegedly infringes Osbourne's trademark.

The can features a drawing of a fist tattooed with the letters O-Z-Z-Y, which mirrors a tattoo worn by the Black Sabbath frontman.

It also has an illustration of a cartoon bat, which is a link to Ozzy's gruesome stage stunt where he is said to have bitten the head off one of the creatures during a past performance at the height of his fame.

Osbourne has trademarked his name, and his company, Monowise Limited, does brisk business on his behalf.

It is understood that the Brummie rocker may be seeking a licensing fee to allow the brewery to continue using the Ozzy name for its strong pale ale. The brewery claimed it was negotiating with Osbourne's management company over the continued use of his name but declined to comment further.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Mar 29, 2014
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