BOB MARLEY: Family Wins Appeal Over Image Use
A federal appeals court has upheld a 2011 decision concerning the late reggae legend’s trademark.
The Bob Marley family has prevailed against the appeal of a lawsuit concerning the merchandising of the late reggae legend’s image.
In 2008 the family sued A.V.E.L.A. for creating shirts with the singer’s image and selling them through retailers like Target and Walmart. In 2011 a court ruled in favor of the Marley family and ordered A.V.E.L.A. to pay over $2 million in damages. The company appealed that decision. Almost four years later, A.V.E.L.A.’s appeal has been denied.
Since the initial ruling, the Marley estate has expanded the brand to put the singer’s image on coffee, headphones and marijuana.