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Bob Marley's Family Wins In Image Lawsuit

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This is a big victory for the the heirs of Bob Marley.

A federal judge has ruled against a company that has been using the reggae legend's image in making and selling toys and apparel.

Leo Valencia, owner of Avela, has been ordered to pay Marley's family $300,000 in damages after the family complained that they didn't want to see Bob Marley's image portrayed on bobbleheads and plush toys.

The judge is expected to award more damages after determining if there was more profit lost because of unfair competition.

This is huge for the family considering just a few months ago they lost a lawsuit in obtaining the rights to some of Marley's most famous songs.

Such a shame, but at least they won this time.

[Image via AP Images.]

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5 comments to “Bob Marley's Family Wins In Image Lawsuit”



  1. 1

    …I personally think that Marley bobbleheads would be soooooo cute! I will glue them on the dashboard of my '78 Merceded SL.



  2. 2

    R.I.P. Bob Marley One Love One Heart One Destiny



  3. 3

    RIP Marley. You were amazing. And i Agree with you Karencarpenter. The bobbleheads would be really cool. I would buy them.



  4. 4

    Damn…no more five dollar Bob Marley tees at the flea market…



  5. 5

    I say let Avela keep making the products and pay the family a certain percent of the profit that it makes per year off of the merchandise. Bob Marley is a legend, and the family should allow this company the rights to keep making the products and get paid some of the profits themselves. We, the people, want this merchandise to be on the shelves. Let the company keep making this memorabilia as there way to keep his memory, and his legend alive.