TMZ reports that Bob Marley’s family has settled a lawsuit against the reggae legend’s half-brother, Richard Booker.
Last winter, Bob Marley’s widow Rita and nine of their children filed a lawsuit against Booker claiming trademark infringement and unauthorized use of Marley’s image. According to the suit, Booker had registered the trademark “Mama Marley” to sell a line of products (fish cakes, fish sausage, energy drinks) and was using Marley’s name and image to market the annual 9 Mile Music Festival in Miami. Booker filed a countersuit a few months later, claiming that Bob Marley had given him permission to use his famous name just before he died.
The two parties have now settled the matter out of court. “This was a very sensitive case because the legacy of a great man and family were at stake,” Booker’s lawyer told TMZ. “This was a very sensitive case because the legacy of a great man and family were at stake. From what I have learned about Bob Marley, he would be very happy, especially that his family is now at peace. Both parties were happy with the settlement agreement.”
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For full article, see http://www.tmz.com/2012/12/02/bob-marley-family-richard-booker-settle-trademark-lawsuit/