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Bob Marley's Family Settles Trademark Lawsuit With Singer's Half-Brother

Widow and children claimed illegal use of Marley's likeness

December 2, 2012 12:41 PM ET
Bob Marley, Wailers, Voorburg, Holland, live, on stage
Bob Marley performs live on stage with the Wailers in 1976 in Voorburg, Holland.
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Bob Marley's family has settled a lawsuit against the reggae legend's half-brother, Richard Booker, TMZ reports.

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 fish products, 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 the family name. 

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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. "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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