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Friday, December 2, 2011

Bob Marley's Heirs File Lawsuit Against His Half-Brother Citing Copyright and Trademark Infringement

Bob Marley's widow, Rita Marley and their children are back in court again to protect the Marley trademark and copyright. This time, it is a lawsuit against Bob Marley's half brother, Richard Booker.

The suit was filed in a federal court on Thursday, and it contends that businessman Richard Booker and companies he is affiliated with are using Bob Marley's image, music and other of the deceased reggae icon's intellectual property without authorization from the Marley heirs.

Some of Booker's projects and businesses that are centered around Bob Marley are; the popular and annual Nine Miles Music Festival and the entity Bob Marley Movement of Jah People Inc. which is responsible for all promotions of the said festival. Also, is a restaurant located in Jamaica called Mama Marley’s.

The lawsuit which was filed in Fort Lauderdale by the Marley's business lawyer Bruce Hemerlee, seeks unspecified damages, and also request that the judge to implement a cease and desist order on Booker's use of any Marley-related references and imagery in future ventures.

Richard Booker is the son of Cedella Booker, Bob Marley's mother. He currently lives in Miami, where he does most of his businesses. His upcoming Nine Miles Music Festival scheduled for March 3rd, 2012 will feature three of Bob Marleys sons; Damian, Julian and Stephen.

The lawsuit also states that Bob Marley''s heirs have long opposed Booker’s attempts to trademark Marley-related business names and that at one point they reached a licensing deal, however Booker has since reneged on his part of the deal.


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