Bob Marley Estate Sued by Royal Palm Filmworks

Bob Marley

The estate of reggae legend Bob Marley is facing a lawsuit from Royal Palm Filmworks, a group involved with a project entitled “Rebels.” The complaint, which was filed in a federal court in California on March 24, 2017, states that the project will show Marley and aspects of his life in a “transformative fictional and artistic work” that is protected under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. In the project, Marley will be played by an actor in a role, and “Rebels” will not use photographs or depictions of Marley while he was alive or any motion picture photography showing Marley as a “living being.” Royal Palms Filmworks asserts that it has been granted rights to the life story of a Marley producer, Danny Sims, and that the Marley estate is interfering with the “use and exploitation” of its rightful property. According to the film company, the Marley estate has threatened it on the grounds of privacy and publicity, and for its alleged use of Marley copyrights and trademarks. It is seeking declaratory relief in the court.

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