Beyonce has been involved in a peculiar legal battle recently, one over the name of her oldest daughter, Blue Ivy Carter.
According to Jay-Z’s wife, she has every right to trademark the name Blue Ivy, and she referred to her as a cultural icon in official documents submitted to the court.
The lawsuit started when wedding planner Wendy Morales decided to take Beyonce to court over a trademark dispute for the name of her company, Blue Ivy.
The battle has been going on for several years now, with Beyonce trying — and still failing — to trademark the name of her daughter.
Morales, on the other hand, claims that she had already been using that name for her own business.
Many have pointed out that Beyonce seems to be in the wrong here if Morales did indeed use the name before her, and the singer has even been accused of using her status to bully the woman into giving up the name and shading her by saying she runs a “small business.” Ironically, Beyonce’s mother, Tina Knowles-Lawson, was a small business owner once.
One person replied: “Why do celebrities feel entitled to everything ?? … so morales gotta give up her business name cause Beyonce said so .. weak asf smh. “Cultural icon” because Beyonce birthed her? That was the only requirement?! The arrogance of celebrities never ceases to amaze me. I hope her trademark gets denied.”
Another follower stated: “Why she is looking down on the woman’s business?! Small or not, she had the name first! Imagine if it was the other way round!? That woman should continue to fight!
This social media user wrote: “Beyoncé needs to stop. Wtf, let this woman run her business the way she has been doing, Beyoncé has been known for taking other peoples ideas. She even tried to take credit for writing “Irreplaceable,” which we all know was written by Ne-yo. Don’t @ me, and I stand by what I said.”
This person claimed: “So she is trying to destroy a small business owner because she used a name for her child that business had already trademark… Yall co-signing this?”
However, others have been more supportive of Beyonce, defending her on the position that she has the right to trademark the name of her girl — and that she was not even registering the same name in the first place.
Others have pointed out that it is not very likely that someone might confuse a wedding planner with the daughter of Beyonce.
However, given the singer’s attitude to the fashion scene, that might not be a far-fetched suggestion after all.
It remains to be seen what the court will decide and who it will side with, as the situation is far from clear at this point.