Duelling descendants

jimi hendrixThe heirs of guitar legend Jimi Hendrix have been getting in each other’s hair, but settled after going to court over the rights to T-shirts and other merchandise bearing Hendrix’s image.

Jimi Hendrix is an electric guitar legend, who died very young in 1970 at age 27. Not surprisingly, he left no will, leaving his father to take charge of his estate. His father, Al Hendrix, died in 2002 after transferring rights to the estate to his adopted daughter Janie Hendrix.

Janie sued Hendrix Licensing in 2009, a company run by the guitarist’s brother, Leon, because it marketed merchandise (t-shirts and guitars) with the trademarked images of Jimi Hendrix’s face.

Before the case went to court, the parties settled for an undisclosed amount.

Images of deceased celebrities are often the centre of duelling descendants. In 2011 a US court ordered a company to pay more than $2 million to the estate of Jamaican reggae legend Bob Marley for selling T-shirts with his likeness at major retailers such as Walmart.

Source: BusinessWorld Online

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