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Bob Marley

Family Sues Bro for

Fishy Use of Bob's Name

12/1/2011 3:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Bob Marley
's widow is smoking mad over a relative pimping out the family name to sell everything from concerts to fish, poultry, energy drinks and booze -- and she's suing to stop him.

Rita Marley and nine of Bob's kids filed a federal lawsuit against Richard Booker -- Bob's bro from another father ... for trademark infringement and unauthorized use of Marley's likeness.

According to the suit, Booker's been real busy -- registering the trademark "Mama Marley" to sell ... among other things ... fish, fish and chips, fish cakes, fish croquettes, fish fillets, fish mousse, and fish sausages. Yes, Bob loved him some fish.

In addition, the suit claims Booker is using Marley's name and image to market an annual concert in Miami, known as the 9 Mile Music Festival. For those not in the know ... 9 Mile is the Jamaican village where Bob was born and buried.

Bob's family says they have the rights to all things Marley and want all of Booker's profits. They also want a judge to order Booker to stop all future use of the name.

Interestingly, next year's headliners at that 9 Mile Music Festival include Stephen, Damian and Julian Marley -- all plaintiffs in the suit.


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1.

Phreaky    

Observant of the Rastafari practice Ital, a diet that shuns meat, Marley was a vegetarian.

994 days ago
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the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Is that drink Marley Mellow Mood? Because it's not an energy drink. It's more like the opposite of an energy drink.

994 days ago
3.

charley    

guess these idiots are taking a lesson from those phkn jacksons...sue sue sue...does anyone ever earn their own keep anymore instead of relying on money from dead azz music stars!

994 days ago
4.

alex    

Well I think the family has a point- can't use celebrities names like that anymore.

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994 days ago
5.

Ghost Rider    

That energy drink has been out for a few years now. They must be so high that they either just got around to suing him, or they just found out.

994 days ago
6.

Stacey    

I find it funny that his widow cares so much since his own family sold out Bob's business to an indian family. In Jamaica no one is interested in Bob Marley and his family doesn't even give back to the community of 9 mile. If you are Jamaican you can't even go to the tour for a reduced rate its full price and all the knick nacks and souvenirs are $$$$$$$$$$ Cry me a river lady.

994 days ago
7.

firebaby    

the family is right--his name is "marley" from his father.... this guy is his brother by mother only... why should he be using his brother's father's last name?
bob has more than enough children, let them reap the benefits of being real Marleys...

994 days ago
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Rogue Warrior    

I gotti smoke a joint and read this again..... BRB

994 days ago
9.

Sincerity    

I can understand the Marley Clan wanting to be PAID, if Mr. Booker is actually using Bob Marley's "stage" name and image to make money. There may be some "trademark" infringement issues especially, if Mr. Booker isn't a "designated" beneficiary of his estate. However, Mr. Booker's use of the biological "mother" they "both" share as a marketing trademark may not be easy to prevent. As long as Mr. Booker is a designated beneficiary of "HER" estate, there may be little they can do about it. It will be interesting to see how this turns out.

994 days ago
10.

Telma    

Stop him now...SUE Him!

994 days ago
11.

mark burns springer    

http://www.bmarley.com/

Bob Marley (comedian)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Robert Cochrane "Bob" Marley, Jr. is a comedian from Portland, Maine. He has stated that when he was born, his father had no idea there was a singer named Bob Marley.[1]

Marley was born in Bangor, Maine and lived there until he was 19.[2] He then lived in the Munjoy Hill area of Portland and graduated from Deering High School in 1985. Marley went on to attend the University of Maine at Farmington, graduating with a degree in Community Health. However, even when in college, he knew that he wanted to pursue comedy as his career.

Marley's comedic bits are mostly about life in Maine. Bob Marley's first television appearance was on Comedy Central. He also appeared as Detective Greenly in the movie The Boondock Saints, and reprised his role as Detective Greenly in The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day.

He is regularly hosted on Sirius Satellite Radio channels 103 Blue collar radio and 104 RawDog comedy and appears every week on Coast 93.1-WMGX in Portland, Maine, where his segment is called "The World According to Bob."

On September 23, 2010 at 11 PM Bob Marley entered the Guiness Book of World Records with the longest continuous standup routine. He completed 40 hours of standup comedy, the first 18 without any repetition of material.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Marley_(comedian)

My parents should have named me Abraham Lincoln

994 days ago
12.

Anya    

Was favoring the widow and her family until I got to the last line... some of the PLAINTIFFS in the suit are already involved in the concert.......... supposedly ripping THEMSELVES off ?????
Smells fishy to me !

994 days ago
13.

Biinghi     

Live and let live,i always see bob as a profit and will always respect that,did bob not help people when he was alive,how much money do the family need?

994 days ago
14.

Jeffrey    

Rita Marley and her family owes a lot of money to Aston "Family Man" Barrett his late brother Carlton "Field Marshall" Barrett as well as other members of the former Bob Marley and the wailers band in loyalties too. When will Rita get enough of the money at that old age? Rita is in her late 60s and lives in Ghana and that Richard guy is Bob`s brother. Rita "The rich bitch" as they refer to here in Jamaica is well aware that if it was not for his sickness and weakness which resulted into his death, Bob Marley could have left her long time. The kids of Bob not born by Rita had some "Tuff Gong" time growing up without a piece of their father`s wealth as clearly indicated in Ky-Mani Marley`s book titled: Dear Dad.

994 days ago
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Helen Morgan    

WOW...Really??? mmm...mmm...mmm...SMDH!

994 days ago
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