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By Kwase Lane, Features Editor
French electronic duo Justice sent a cease and desist to Justin Bieber regarding the iconography of his latest studio album. The project, also named Justice, is stylized so the lowercase “t” resembles a cross.
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“Bieber’s team emailed us in May of 2020, asking to be looped in with Justice’s graphic designer to discuss a logo,” Justice’s management said, according to Spin. “We tried to set up a call between Bieber’s team and our designer, but the call was never completed and the conversation ended there. No one ever mentioned an album called Justice or a logo that says Justice. The first time we saw anything about it was the announcement.”
The cease and desist letter sent to Bieber refers to the “t” as the “Mark” and asserts that the electronic duo trademarked it in France in 2008.
Because the duo sells merchandise and has performed in the U.S., “Justice’s Mark has priority both in the United States and abroad” to U.S. customers, according to the duo’s legal counsel.
Justice and their legal counsel ask that Bieber refrain from using their trademarked font in any of his personal or business endeavors. Bieber’s team has yet to provide a statement.