French dance duo Justice have sent a cease-and-desist notice to Justin Bieber over the singer’s album ‘Justice’, claiming infringement of its use of the pair’s trademarked “cross” logo.
“The morning Bieber announced his album, it was pretty tough to miss,” Justice’s co-manager Tyler Goldberg told Rolling Stone. “Aside from seeing it all over the internet ourselves, we heard from hundreds of people throughout the day – industry people, Justice fans — and the Justice guys received a ton of messages, not only compelled to point out the similarities between the Justice Justin Bieber album, but confused. ‘Is this a Justice collaboration?’”
A letter obtained by Rolling Stone stated that: “your use of the Mark is illegal. You have not received permission from Justice to utilize the Mark. Moreover, Bieber’s work is in no way affiliated with, supported by, or sponsored by Justice. Such use of the Mark is not only illegal, but likely to deceive and confuse consumers.”
The letter also references an email from April 2020 in which Bieber’s team reached out to Justice’s management in order to connect with the designer who created the original logo.
“Not only was Bieber’s team actually aware of Justice’s use of the Mark, they sought to use the same artist to essentially duplicate it for the Album. This is textbook bad faith and willful infringement,” the letter states.