Renowned Detroit techno group Underground Resistance, famous for their anti-mainstream image, recently accused Armin van Buuren of copying their logo for his latest residency at Hï Ibiza, ‘U R.’
The group voiced their displeasure in emphatic fashion through their social media account, stating “Is there no shame? What happened to electronic creativity? What the fuck is it all about the money?? To ‘those who know’ MOVE TO CONDITION RED!! To those who steal culture, you have been warned.”
Label manager Cornelius Harris had some choice words for the situation as well. “There’s no excuse for this,” he says. “It’s lazy and irresponsible of the artist AND promoter. I’m all for folks having fun regardless of the style of music, but that can be done without trying to exploit the years of work that another artist has put in for your own benefit. Van Buuren offers no explanation for it, simply calling U R ‘my new concept’ and leaving it at that. Sorry man, no fucking way.”
Armin van Buuren spoke to FACT about the accusation of plagiarism, claiming to be unaware of any similarities between the two logos. He notes that, while he intends to continue using the “U R” residency name, he will be adjusting its symbol.
Read van Buuren’s full statement below:
“I would like to start off by saying how unfortunate and unpleasant this situation is for everyone involved. My team, the team of Hï/Ushuaïa and myself were not aware of the similarities between our logo and the logo of Underground Resistance.
“Originally, UR – the name of the new event through which I’ll perform in Ibiza every week – is derived from Universal Religion, an older but nonetheless known Armin van Buuren concept. The logo, which consists of a custom-made font and frame, was designed to conform with the Armin van Buuren brand.
“After careful deliberation, my team, the team of Hï/Ushuaïa and myself have decided to keep the name UR as it is and adjust the symbol. I trust that media, fans and Underground Resistance will be able to understand this decision.”