Music Well, this is a turn up. Astonishingly, Mutya has won her legal challenge and has appropriated the rights to the Sugababes name which apparently leaves Heidi, Amelle and Jade unable to carry on recording and touring using that name. In effect the "Sugababes" are no more and whatever their album cover looked like will have to be redesigned.
On her Facebook page, Mutya apparently gloated "I won the official name of the Sugababes now!!! I deserve this! I'm over the moon!" and sure enough a glance at the EU trade mark website reveals that Mutya Buena a "physical person" has the rights to the trade mark c/o a management company. Unfortunately you'll have to search for yourself because the website uses dynamic pages.
I can't find the Facebook page containing that update even though it's plastered across the internet. If it was on what looks like the most valid, its been taken down. Hmm.
Oh hold on. A different owner (Island Records?) seems to have everything tied up (nice classifications 3, 9, 15, 16, 18, 25, 26, 28, 32, 33, 35, 38, 41, 42, 44, 45), while her certificate simply says "Paper, cardboard and goods made from these materials, not included in other classes; stationery; paper gift wrap and paper gift wrapping ribbons." (or nice 16).
Which suggests she's just won the rights the stationary. The band's management have put out a statement to that effect too. Time to rewrite your stories everyone. Oh you have. Right then. Still it'd be nice to have some New Year themed Christmas gift wrap wouldn't it?
And so, as is customary and well worth it for some early Konnie Huq action ...