Madonna Hit With Cease-&-Desist For 'Girls Gone Wild'
February 3, 2012 at 5:56 PM (PT)
MADONNA's upcoming halftime performance at the SUPER BOWL this SUNDAY (2/5) may have a hit a slight snag, as the legal counsel for GIRLS GONE WILD creator JOE FRANCIS has sent a cease-and-desist letter to the singer, NBC SPORTS and the NFL for infringing on his "GIRLS GONE WILD" trademark. The action comes after FRANCIS discovered on iTUNES that "Girls Gone Wild" is the title of the first song on MADONNA's new album, "M.D.N.A."
"I was blown away when I saw our name being used without our consent," FRANCIS said in a press release. "I had to do a double-take when I saw that it was the number-one song on the album."
The letter also declared that MADONNA should "not perform or market the song at the SUPER BOWL this Sunday without a proper licensing agreement from GIRLS GONE WILD." "Don't get me wrong, I'm a MADONNA fan, but business is business," FRANCIS noted. "Maybe THE MATERIAL GIRL and I can work this out over drinks."