Bob Marley's Family Sues Singer's Half-Brother

Dec 5, 2011 - LegalZoom News Sources
Bob Marley's half-brother is being sued by the family for using the singer's name without permission.

The widow of late reggae artist Bob Marley recently filed a lawsuit against the singer's half-brother for using the Bob Marley name to sell products.

According to the lawsuit, Marley's half-brother, Richard Booker, has used the family name to sell concerts, energy drinks and alcoholic beverages.

Bob Marley's widow, Rita Marley, and his nine children recently filed the federal lawsuit for trademark infringement and unauthorized use of Marley's likeness.

The lawsuit alleges that Booker registered the trademark "Mama Marley" to sell several food products and used the deceased singer's image and name to market an annual concert in Miami, which is known as the Nine Mile Music Festival, named after the Jamaican village where Bob was born and buried.

Rita Marley and all of Bob's children allege they have the rights to Bob Marley's name and want all of Booker's profits from the products and concerts.

According to TMZ, Stephen, Damian and Julian Marley are all headliners for the next year's Nine Mile festival and are also plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

After his death, Marley was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.