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Bob Marley's Bro

Bob WANTED Me to

Cash in On His Face

1/14/2012 3:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Bob Marley
would be totally irie, mon ... with his half-bro making huge money off Bob's name and likeness -- at least according to the brother's new lawsuit against Bob's estate.

Bob's widow and several of his children sued Richard Booker for trademark infringement last month ... claiming Booker was selling everything under the sun -- food, booze,concerts, and more -- by slapping the Marley name on the products.

Now, Booker -- who had the same mother as the late reggae superstar -- filed a countersuit against 56 Hope Road Music ... the company controlling Bob's estate.

In the documents, Booker says he's using the family name "with the consent, authorization and by the instruction" ... of Bob and their mom, Cedella. 

Booker wants the court to throw out the estate's lawsuit against him -- and give him the all-clear on continued use of the Marley name.


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1.

toto    

Let a man earn his living too.....

1015 days ago
2.

Syko    

Bob's wife was Rita. Cedelia is his daughter. Is this a brother or grandson? Do your research, please.

1015 days ago
3.

She's baaaack    

That sure beats sitting on it, I'm sure.

1015 days ago
4.

Susan62509    

Sounds like Richard hangs with the Jackson parents & siblings.

1015 days ago
5.

Bethy    

TMZ has it right. Cedella is Bob Marley's mother. The "Marley" name is really just a name, as his father was 60 when he was born (his mother was 18) and they rarely every saw him. His father died when he was 10. Cedella went on to have 3 more children, the lat two from her husband Edwards Booker. Richard is one of those two boys. BY all accounts, Bob and his mother were quite close.

Cedella is also the name of one of his daughters.

Interestingly enough, over half of Bob Marley's children weren't even born to Rita anyway. He really got around in his 36 years. To me, the "marley" name doesn't seem all that exclusive.

AND... according to what I've read, Richard, the brother, is using the name "Mama Marley" which is a clear reference to their mother, Cedella. As well, the "Nine Mile Music Festival" which his estate seems to be so upset about? Three of Bob's children, Stephen, Jamian and Julian are all headlining the event in March. Two of those boys aren't even Rita's children. They are listed on the federal lawsuit as plaintiffs. So...you have to wonder, is this all just smoke and mirrors to promote an event or the foundation?

1015 days ago
6.

tlcmk    

I'm amazed the name Marley still means anything. Or could this just be a publicity trick to stir up interest in the Marley name?

1015 days ago
7.

tippy katz    

Rita is a money hungry witch, as materialistic as Bob was spiritual. She has repeatedly fought to keep the Wailers from using that name for their band... She keeps a tight fist on any pennies made from Bob or his image. She's like a big, fat Jamaican Disney.

1015 days ago
8.

Jay W.     

There's no White Power ..... There's no Black Power....


There's only GREEEEEEEN Power!

1014 days ago
9.

kodo    

Rita should know better. She too old to be acting like that. l don't care weather they have the same father nor not, they have the same mother so that make them brothers. All of them can go to hell. Rita is a greedy, ugly ass old woman. Mr booker have all the right to use his brother and mother's name.

1014 days ago
10.

andell     

hahahha

924 days ago
11.

Boom    

Bob Marley Movement of Jah People, Inc.'s and Booker's side of the story is posted at www.500law.com/blog

691 days ago

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