Garth Brooks, Warren G Find Common G-round

Country star and rapper come to an agreement in logo-letter dispute

By Daniel Frankel Mar 26, 1998 9:45 PMTags
Next defendant: G-string lingerie makers.

Rapper Warren G has settled the trademark infringement suit he filed against country music star Garth Brooks, the parties announced late Wednesday.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Seems Garth caught Warren G's legal wrath by using a lowercase g in a circle as a logo on albums and in concert scenery. Warren filed suit in a Los Angeles Federal court last October, complaining that Brooks' use of the letter could result in brand confusion among record buyers. (Question: Don't they keep the rap and country records in separate sections?)

Garth, not willing to give up his consonant without a fight, countersued in a Nashville court.

But both musicians dropped their respective legal actions, releasing a rather bizarre joint statement claiming the country star had gained a better understanding of--we're not joking here--what the seventh letter of the alphabet apparently means to African Americans.

Said Brooks: "I learned from Warren G and Wron G [the rapper's manager] that the letter g has a special significance to them and to some members of their community in that it symbolizes kids and young people who have risen above drugs and violence and who are worthy of respect because of their positive contributions to the world.

"Knowing how much the symbol g means to Warren, I will strive to reach the standard that the g represents to him and to his community."

Come again, Garth?

Under the terms of the settlement, Brooks will continue to use the encircled letter g, while Warren G will still use his trademark lowercase g with the words "funk music" next to them.

And, presumably, Kenny G can now rest easy.