(AllHipHop News) Eymun Talasazan is suing Abel "The Weeknd" Tesfaye for allegedly stealing from his R&B/rap comic book concept from 2014. According to TMZ, Talasazan claimed he spoke to representatives of Tesfaye in 2017 about incorporating the singer's "Starboy" alter-ego into his superhero universe.
The creator supposedly trademarked "Starboy" as a comic book around the time of the discussions with The Weeknd's team. Previously, lawyers for the Grammy winner pushed back on Talasazan's trademark claims, suggesting he has a history of trying to make money off the public work of famous figures.
“This is not a case about who created or first used the term 'Starboy.' This case will decide if a songwriter automatically (without filing a trademark application) obtains trademark protection for all later uses of a word, even if those later uses have nothing to do with albums, song titles, music or lyrics," Talasazan's attorney Kirk Schenck told TMZ.
The Weeknd tweeted about his comic book in October of 2017. Marvel officially announced THE WEEKND PRESENTS: STARBOY – Vol. I – Issue #1 in March of this year. The Canadian musician stated, “Marvel is the pinnacle of success in their field and I’ve been a lifelong fan of their work. To be able to partner with them is a dream come true.”
Eymun Talasazan contends the Marvel book had a "near identical premise" to his own idea. He filed a lawsuit against Abel Tesfaye for trademark infringement. Talasazan wants all copies of The Weeknd's comic book recalled, impounded, and destroyed.
The Starboy album was released on November 25, 2016. The title track - which featured Daft Punk - hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and its music video has amassed more than 1.4 billion views on YouTube.