Stopping The “Knock Off” MLK Merchandise

Posted: November 13, 2008 in Headlines, Just "Why?", Our Expression
Do Y'all Think I Really Care?

Do Y'all Think I Really Care At This Point?

King family seeks to cash in on MLK-Obama items
By ERRIN HAINESATLANTA (AP) – Zealous guardians of his words and his likeness, the family of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is demanding a share of the proceeds from the sudden wave of T-shirts, posters and other merchandise depicting the civil rights leader alongside Barack Obama.

Isaac Newton Farris Jr., King’s nephew and head of the nonprofit King Center in Atlanta, said the estate is entitled to hundreds of thousands of dollars in licensing fees – maybe even millions.

“Some of this is probably putting food on people’s plates. We’re not trying to stop anybody from legitimately supporting themselves,” he said, “but we cannot allow our brand to be abused.”

But while Obama’s election as the first black president may be the fulfillment of King’s dream and could yield a big windfall for his estate, policing his image and actually collecting any fees could prove to be a legal nightmare because of the great proliferation of unauthorized King-Obama paraphernalia, much of it sold by street vendors.

  1. I love the caption! Another could be “get me an X-Lg T-Shirt”

  2. S. Cain says:

    Yep, they were beefin hard just this summer. Yep, they had a dream about getting paid. You right, though- Would King, Jr really sweat this? Is it about empowerment? or entitlement…

    I can make a King if I want to. 🙂

  3. Shawtii.Red says:

    I think it’s really crazy how they don’t want their brand abused, yet they are abusing it by demanding money from such a historic moment in our lives. Personally I just think they’re mad because they didn’t think of the idea first. And whoever did…I applaud u. Fact of the matter is, you should be getting all the money. I’m not saying that the ppl who are using the likeness are wrong, but those that are going after them for the money just ain’t right. -SR-

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