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Record Label Comes For Fox Over ‘Empire’ Name

(L-R) Actors Trai Byers, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard and creator/writer/executive producer Lee Daniels speaks onstage during the 'American Idol' panel discussion at the FOX portion of the 2015 Winter TCA Tour at the Langham Hotel on January 17, 2015 in Pasadena, California.
(L-R) Actors Trai Byers, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard and creator/writer/executive producer Lee Daniels speaks onstage during the ‘American Idol’ panel discussion at the FOX portion of the 2015 Winter TCA Tour at the Langham Hotel on January 17, 2015 in Pasadena, California.

*Fox is in a legal battle with a record label claiming that “Empire” infringes upon their name, Empire Distribution, and the network has no right to use it because it tarnishes their brand.

According to TMZ, Fox has just filed a lawsuit asking a judge to declare Empire Distribution’s demand bogus.

Empire Distribution handles distribution and publishing as well, with artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Too Short, N.O.R.E. and Sean Paul, according to TMZ. The company claims it’s being hurt because the fictitious label on the show is run by a “homophobic drug dealer prone to murdering his friends.”

Empire Distribution is willing to look the other way if Fox pays them $8 million; $5 million if the show uses Empire Distribution’s artists as regulars.

TMZ reports:

In the new world order, Fox notes that Empire Distribution is relatively obscure, showing up on the 7th page in a Google search. Fox wants the dispute put to bed STAT, before season two kicks off.

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