Legendary Trance producer Armin Van Buuren was recently accused of plagiarism by a Detroit based techno collective. Armin is embarking on a 13 show summer tour in Ibiza this year and he is labeling it “UR” which was actually a reference to his revered Universal Religion mixtape series. Well a group in Detroit called “Underground Resistance” thought it was a direct copy of their name and logo. Check out that they had to say about it below.
Armin initially issued a statement saying they will keep the phrase but change the logo.
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 to adjust the symbol. I trust that media, fans and Underground Resistance will be able to understand this decision.
Later Armin’s team further clarified that it would remove the UR branding of the event altogether and refer to the name only as Universal Religion. All logos and flyers will be changed shortly.