Sydney artist dares to demand profits from sales of Madonna perfume

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In a 2006 interview with cream magazine, Madonna said: “Movies, music, art exhibits, books – I have an insatiable hunger and curiosity to find out about new things that are going on. Inevitably those things find their way into my work, and I think that’s what we all do as artists and creative people – we all plagiarise each other.”

It seems one artist in Dulwich Hill, Sydney, refuses to embrace the sentiment.

RJ Williams is claiming that Madonna has infringed on his copyright with the ‘TM’ logo of her new perfume Truth Or Dare (the ‘T’ presumably for ‘Truth’, the ‘M’ for ‘Madonna’, naturally, and yes, indeed she has trademarked her own logo as irony would have it).

Williams insists that the international pop icon’s logo bears too much resemblance to his squatter combination of the same two letters and that he is entitled to all profits made so far from sales of the perfume (better get a lawyer, son).

Now, if cream had a dollar for every time we’ve seen our logo bastardised on the masthead of copycat publications – let alone items that bare absolutely no relativity to our product – we’d be rolling in it.

What next, the Catholic Church sues the both of them for adopting what appears to be a crucifix in their logos?

Good luck taking on one of the world’s richest entertainers and most intelligent artists, Mr Williams. And well done for probably putting a sour taste in her mouth just months before her visit to our shores.

In around 1986, Madonna recited to Molly Meldrum on Countdown, “Imitation is the highest form flattery.” Food for thought for a seemingly hungry artist. Hungry, at least, for the publicity and fame this game of six-degrees-of-separation is sure to generate.


Pictured, a Truth Or Dare fragrance advertisement.