Newsboys File Lawsuit Against Rap Group Over Name
The Newsboys filed a federal lawsuit against the rap group The New Boyz on July 6, in District Court of Middle Tennessee, Nashville division.
The lawsuit first states that the New Boyz have infringed on the copy rights of the Newsboys by naming their group so closely to the original band.
In the lawsuit, the Newsboys claim that fans are getting the two groups confused. And given the rap group’s explicit lyrics, it’s creating bad publicity for the Christian group. In an attempt to avoid tarnishing the veteran Christian group’s otherwise stellar reputation, they feel that legal action is necessary.
The lawsuit claims that “The New Boyz music is [graphic] and the lyrics are explicit in content,” and that “the lead singer for The News Boys, Michael Tait and the members of the Warner Bros. group, The New Boyz are of the same ethnic and Hip-Hop origins.”
Emphatically stating that the Newsboys have a long and illustrious career, the lawsuit argues that a name close to “Newsboys”, especially one that is socially negative and explicit, has the potential to do extensive damage to their reputation.