Judges At The U.s. Supreme Court Have Rejected An Appeal From Clothing Retailers In A Longrunning Dispute Over Bob Marley's Image Rights.
The Exodus icon's children previously set up Fifty-Six Hope Road Music to take care of the late star's assets, rights and commercial interests and they granted an exclusive license to bosses at Zion Rootswear to produce Marley-branded memorabilia.
In 2008, they took executives at A.V.E.L.A. to court over a collection of rival products which featured an image of Marley purchased from a photographer in 2004. Permission to use the photo was subsequently granted to designers at apparel companies Jem Sportswear and Central Mills Inc., known as Freeze, who used it for T-shirts and other items, which were all sold at U.S. retailers like Target and Walmart.
A federal jury in Nevada ruled in the Marley family's favour in 2011, and awarded substantial damages for counts of false endorsement and interference of prospective economic advantage.
Continue reading: Supreme Court Officials Reject Appeal Over Bob Marley Trademark Battle
Alaia Baldwin and Hailey Baldwin - Photographs of a variety of stars as they arrived at the New York Premiere of 'Exodus: Gods And Kings' which was held at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City, New York, United States - Sunday 7th December 2014
Golshifteh Farahani - Photographs of a variety of celebrities as they took to the red carpet for the UK premiere of 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' which was held at the Odeon Leicester Square in London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 3rd December 2014
John Paulk, a man described as the poster boy of the ex-gay movement in the 1990's -- he was the founder of the Focus on the Family-sponsored symposium Love Won Out, featuring speakers claiming to have been former homosexuals who underwent conversion or reparative therapy, and chairman of Exodus International, also sponsored by Focus on the Family, which offers freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ -- has admitted that he never changed his sexual orientation. Outed in 2009 when he was spotted in a Washington DC gay bar, Paulk, who had appeared on the cover of Newsweek and was spotlighted by Oprah, 60 Minutes and Good Morning America, has now admitted that he had used the media to offer false hope to gay people that they could become heterosexuals. In an email to PQ Monthly (the PQ stands for Proudly Queer), Paulk said, I do not believe that reparative therapy changes sexual orientation; in fact, it does great harm to many people. ... I know that countless people were harmed by things I said and did in the past. But his limited admission and apology clearly are not sufficient for some gay activists, who believe that Paulk should now use the media to counteract the damage he had inflicted in the past. Gay activist Terry Bean is urging his supporters to boycott Paulk's catering business in Oregon. This is damage he's done to millions of kids -- kids who tried to 'pray the gay away' and when they couldn't, killed themselves, Bean told PQ. Every hour he waits to do this, there are kids being badly hurt by the stuff that's out there -- the things he continues to not refute publicly.
Heavy rockers Exodus cancelled an upcoming festival date so guitarist Gary Holt could tend to his sick father.
The band axed a performance at May's (13) Maryland Deathfest this week (beg01Apr13), putting the decision down to "personal issues" and sparking rumours of an imminent split as Holt has been juggling shows with Slayer since last year (12).
The rockers, who have been playing across the U.S. with Anthrax as part of the Metal Alliance Tour, have now spoken out to assure fans they are not on the verge of a break-up, revealing a family emergency prompted the cancellation.
Continue reading: Gary Holt's Father Falls Ill
Unless it falters substantially in the ratings between now and the end of the season in May, CBS's The Big Bang Theory could turn out to be the most-watched sitcom since Friends went off the air in 2004, according to the website Zap2it.com. The website noted that first-run shows of the comedy are averaging 20.3 million viewers, while, with repeats, it has been averaging 19.05 million. The final season of NBC's Friends wound with an average of about 20.8 million, Zap2it observed, while the biggest comedy since has been Everybody Loves Raymond, with 17.4 million viewers in its final season. The website noted that ratings for shows typically drop during the second half of the season, when reruns are ordinarily increased and when viewers begin making their annual Exodus after the introduction of Daylight Saving Time in March.
Amid widespread reports that she had been fired as cohost of NBC's Today show, Ann Curry surprised many by showing up for work on the show as usual. The New York Times , which first reported on its website Wednesday afternoon that NBC executives were preparing to replace Curry as early as next week, said today (Thursday) that the show's producers had prepared to replace her on today's show with Hoda Kotb, the co-host of the fourth hour of Today. Curry's appearance this morning "began a new round of speculation in the television business about her future on the top-rated morning show," the newspaper said. No mention of Curry's rumored Exodus was made during the show, but the Times said that when she wrote "Good morning" to her 1.2 million followers on Twitter during the show, her name quickly became a Twitter trend in the U.S. Several prominent newspapers had accepted the speculation as fact, including the New York Daily News , which headlined on its cover, "ANN'S CANNED." Said the Washington Post "With 'Today' ratings down, Curry is fall guy." The Hollywood Reporter even named her replacement. "Savannah Guthrie [the show's news anchor] is the likely successor," the trade publication reported, citing unnamed sources.
Continue reading: "Fired" Curry Shows Up For Work
The 'Big 4' of heavy metal - Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax - joined forces onstage in England last night (08.07.11).
The 'Big 4' of heavy metal joined forces at the Sonisphere festival in Knebworth, Southern England, to play a cover of Diamond Head's 'Am I Evil' - the first time members of all four groups had performed in England together.
The day had started earlier with Anthrax playing a set, followed by Megadeth â which includes ex-Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine â before Slayer took to the stage.
Continue reading: Metallica And The Big 4 Open Soniphere
Former heavyweight world champion boxer Mike Tyson and wife Lakiha have named their new son Morocco Elijah Tyson.
Mike Tyson has named his new son Morocco Elijah Tyson.
The former heavyweight world champion boxer and his wife, Lakiha Spicer Tyson, welcomed the little boy into the world yesterday (25.01.11) and have now decided on his exotic moniker.
The tot - who weighed in 8lbs 13oz - was born at the St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Henderson, Nevada, and both mother and baby are doing well.
Continue reading: Mike Tyson Names Son Morocco
The retired sportsman is still struggling to come to terms with the loss of the four year old, who died after she was found unconscious, hanging from the power cable of a treadmill in her Phoenix, Arizona home in May (09).
Tyson has previously broken his silence about the tragedy, admitting he was in denial.
He said, "I really was beating myself up over my daughter. I was staying in the house, depressed; it was a dark moment in my life. I am working with dealing with it."
Continue reading: Tyson Doesn't Want To Know How Daughter Died
Reggae legend Bob Marley was the unlikely pioneer of new wave and synth-pop after championing new musical technology while recording his landmark Exodus album while in exile in England.
The ONE LOVE singer sent his musicians out with a huge budget and told them to buy the latest musical effects and equipment after WAILERS bandmate JUNIOR MARVIN introduced him to music boffin ROGER MAYER's sound-altering devices.
Journalist and reggae historian VIVIAN GOLDMAN, who worked as Marley's assistant and confidante throughout the recording of the 1977 album, reveals the late legend was impressed by Brit Mayer's effects after learning he had supplied "devices" to Jimi Hendrix.
Goldman, who has written about the time she spent watching Marley craft a great album in her new book THE BOOK OF EXODUS: THE MAKING + MEANING OF BOB MARLEY'S ALBUM OF THE CENTURY, says, "Mayer designed all these pedals and sound-altering gizmos and they all fascinated Bob and Junior Marvin.
"When Mayer first saw the Wailers he thought they had a 'raggedy island sound' and so he worked with them. Junior and the band were given as much money as they needed for new equipment.
"As a result, Marley used a vocoder (voice-altering electronic musical instrument) - the first time that was used in reggae - and the album was the first to make use of a drum machine.
"In fact, in an effort to cosmopolitanise (sic) the sound without losing the reggae spirit, there's disco drumming throughout the album. Bob Marley quietly pioneered a movement that was to put session musicians out of work."
Reggae legend Bob Marley staged secret political summit meetings with Jamaica's most ruthless henchmen when he was exiled in London in the 1970s, according to the British biographer who became part of his posse.
Biographer VIVIEN GOLDMAN claims the ONE LOVE singer came close to becoming a silent partner in a new political party made up of "Downtown Dons", aimed at bringing peace to warring Jamaica.
But in her revealing new tome, THE BOOK OF Exodus: THE MAKING + MEANING OF BOB MARLEY'S ALBUM OF THE CENTURY, the journalist and Professor of Reggae at New York University claims the reggae great's political ambitions died when the proposed leader of the new party was gunned down.
Goldman was assigned to look after Marley by her boss, Island Records founder CHRIS BLACKWELL, while the reggae great recorded classic album EXODUS in exile.
And the naive youngster now appreciates how important meetings Marley had with CLAUDIUS MASSOP and BUCKY MARSHALL in his small Chelsea, London, apartment were - the trio were out to spark a revolution in their homeland.
Goldman says, "If Bob Marley had his way, he would not have stood for election himself but he would have put his weight and money behind a third party.
"He met up with Massop and Bucky Marshall for this peace committee in London. These were prominent gunmen - Downtown Dons if you like. They helped protect the political officials in Jamaica, but even these men with a scant education knew Jamaica needed to change.
"Claudie Massop grew up with Bob Marley; they were great friends. He was this big, charismatic figure, who would have made the perfect leader of this potential political party. He was a great talker.
"I spoke to Claudie's widow and she says he was not that keen to get into politics, but I really do think Claudie was being groomed to lead Bob Marley's political party."
Unfortunately, Marley's dreams of a new Jamaica - the country he fled following a 1976 attack on his life - fell flat when Massop was murdered.
Goldman adds, "Claudie was coming home from a football match in Jamaica when he was stopped by police. He walked towards them with his hands in the air and they shot him 44 times."