I don’t know what’s funnier, the notion of Jay-Z being some uber-powerful Free Mason who can’t even win a court case over some UK regional-celebrity chef, or the fact that he had the fuckin’ audacity to try and pull copyright cards on a name he stole to begin with.
— Snoop Bloggy Blogg
Hip-hop superstar JAY-Z has lost a longrunning legal battle with a restaurant boss – four years after he sued the eaterie in a trademark dispute.
The rapper filed suit against celebrity chef Terry Miller in 2006 over the name of his Rockafella restaurant in Newcastle claiming the title would lead to confusion with his Roc-A-Fella Records music empire.
Miller, who launched the business after winning cooking reality show Hell’s Kitchen in 2005, fought back and after years of legal wrangling a ruling has gone in his favour.
The reality TV star has been granted the trademark for the restaurant and food-branding name Rockafella, and Jay-Z has been ordered to pay Miller’s legal costs.
Miller admits he is delighted with the result. He says, “I’m happy with the legal win because it’s a moral win as much as anything.”
The rapper is not the first hip-hop star to fail after a trademark battle in the courts – in 2007 Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs lost the right to use the name ‘Diddy’ following a legal dispute with DJ Richard ‘Diddy’ Dearlove. The star is banned from releasing any music in Britain under the moniker, with trademark restrictions forcing him to use P. Diddy instead.