Last June, Rihanna’s Roraj Trade company applied to register the trademark for the name “Robyn”, with plans to use the name as the title for an “online non-downloadable general feature magazine.” Though Robyn may be Rihanna’s real first name, DC Comics fears that using it on the cover of a digital magazine might confuse comic fans looking to read books starring Batman’s sidekick, Robin,
DC has submitted a complaint attempting to block Rihanna from trademarking the name. In a May 11th filing, the company argues the proposed online publication (at least in name) would be “identical and/or highly related” to the character of Robin, and therefore “is likely to cause confusion, cause mistake, or to deceive the public.”
How one might mistake a Barbadian pop icon for a teenaged superhero in a yellow cape is unclear, unless Robyn intended to introduce RiRi’s crime-fighting alter ego. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time in recent months Rihanna has been accused of doing something too similar to someone’s past efforts. Texas rapper Just Brittany accused Rihanna of jacking her song “Betta Have My Money” for her single “Bitch Better Have My Money”.