Sugababes Not Affected By Buena’s Legal Victory

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August 25, 2011 | 11:30am EST

British pop trio Sugababes have declared it is “business as usual” after former singer Mutya Buena won rights to use the band’s name.
Buena, who quit the all-girl group in 2005, recently claimed victory in a battle to use the moniker, sparking speculation the current Sugababes – Heidi Range, Amelle Berrabah and Jade Ewen – would have to find a new name.

However, reports have since emerged suggesting Buena has only won the rights to use Sugababes on a limited number of products, including stationery and gift wrap.

And the current line-up insist they are not letting Buena’s legal victory affect their plans to release a new single next month.

A statement on the band’s website reads, “Heidi, Amelle and Jade would like to reassure their fans that it’s business as usual for Sugababes.

“Over four months ago it was officially confirmed by the European Trade Marks Department that Sugababes were successful in claiming their ongoing right to use the name ‘Sugababes’ for all areas of commercial activity that the band requires, namely within the music, sound recording and entertainment industry, as well as being granted extensive rights to produce a wide range of merchandise.

“(Buena’s category of ownership) currently holds no commercial interest for the band and, accordingly, the band has no immediate plans to challenge Ms. Buena for these rights.”