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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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Nell    

Richard Booker was Bob's half brother - Cedella was their shared mother. In essence, making his Mama - "Mama Marley." He has every right to use it - and 9 Mile is a street - not a trademark, so no infringement there. Sad that Rita did that, Cedella raised her kids for her.

1022 days ago
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dano    

Its so weird how a name can become a trademark. Would someone trademark Smith? Why is this different? dano http://www.danosongs.com

1022 days ago
18.

JIGGA    

The Marley children and Booker are all snakes all of them are ugly soles scrambling for bobs Fortune!! THEY DO NOT GIVE BACK AND HAVE NO RESPECT FOR ANYBODY! **** THEM!

1022 days ago
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Sabrina    

For those that are ignorant understand the entities that are mentioned were put in place by Bob Marleys mother Cedella Marley Booker. She transitioned several years ago. if you read the biography by Bob's mother. Including the names of the children is because a formality because they are of the estate. People do know Mother booker has giving back to the 9 Mile in Jamaica. THE TMZ report is not stating clearly the facts other reports have done much better. Bob's brother is not pimping the need to get what is the facts straight

1021 days ago
20.

Movement of Jah People    

The Defendant's full press release is located at: http://www.spl-law.com/blog/ on the website of lawyer Michael Santucci of Santucci Priore, P.L.

1015 days ago
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Movement of Jah People    

Richard Booker is simply seeking to use the trademark MAMA MARLEY, which was his mother's nickname, not BOB MARLEY on merchandise and food products, etc. Read the lawsuit. The entire press release is printed on the Santucci Priore website which are the attorneys for Bob Marley Movement of Jah People.

1014 days ago
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