Fanzine Countersues The Artist

The Artist, Will Oldham, Fountains of Wayne, Freaky Tah, Dave Navarro, Coolio, Ice-T, Madonna, Britney Spears...

The fanzine Uptown, which The Artist Formerly Known As

Prince sued in February for the unauthorized use of his symbol name

and other alleged infractions, countersued in New York on Friday (April

9). "This case represents a brazen attempt to curtail and chill

legitimate public commentary about [The Artist]," said Uptown's

lawyers. Representatives for The Artist could not be reached for comment.

The suit seeks damages as well as a declaration that the musician has

no copyright or trademark claims to the symbol that has served as his

name since 1993.