December 6, 2012
Marley's Family Settles In Trademark Lawsuit
The lawsuit between Bob Marley's family and his half brother Richard Booker has come to a close after both parties agreed to settle. The lawsuit began when Marley's family accused Booker and several of his affiliates of violating copyright and trademark laws. More specifically, the family alleged that they had used Marley's image to promote an annual music festival in Miami without the permission of the estate. Following this, Booker responded by filing a counter-suit against Marley's family, claiming that Marley gave him permission to use his likeness before he died. This is what led to the decision to settle the case. According to Booker's lawyer, both parties seem to be satisfied with the settlement agreement.
See Bob Marley Trademark Lawsuit: Singer's Family Settles Case With Half Brother, Richard Booker, The Huffington Post, Dec. 5, 2012.
Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.
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