Putting an end to over a year’s worth of legal disputes, Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi have settled their disagreement over ownership of the name “Black Sabbath.” In 2009, Osbourne sued Iommi, saying that the guitarist had done a disservice to the collective efforts of the group to “restore credibility and bring dignity back to the name ‘Black Sabbath’” by selling Sabbath merchandise and claiming that he alone owned the copyright to do so. Today Osbourne’s representatives issued a statement saying that the two have “amicably resolved their problems over the ownership of the Black Sabbath name and court proceedings in New York have been discontinued. Both parties are glad to put this behind them and to cooperate together for the future and would like it to be known that the issue was never personal, it was always business.” What, no blood sacrifices or dark rituals? There's nothing metal about "amicable resolutions," dudes.
Naturally that “cooperate together for the future” would seem to hint at a possible second reunion for the group (following a successful run in 1997)—and it’s something Osbourne recently said he wouldn’t rule out, albeit after dealing with his own globetrotting solo tour. Besides, since it’s been scientifically proven that Osbourne’s unique, chemically enhanced makeup will enable him to live forever, he’ll need to find some way to fill his time.
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