Jimi Hendrix’s Sister Settles Estate’s Dispute Over Merchandising
The late Jimi Hendrix’s siblings became engaged in a court dispute in Washington in 2009, when Janie, who serves as Hendrix’s estate executor, took issue with products being made and distributed by staff at Leon’s Hendrix Licensing firm.
She claimed they had no right to use the Purple Haze icon’s image and signature as the merchandise violated the copyright of the estate’s Experience Hendrix LLC company, which also oversees the use of the rock legend’s music, and she sued for $1.7 million . Now it appears the two parties have finally put an end to the fall out by reaching a settlement for an undisclosed amount in July 2015, which bans Hendrix Licensing chiefs from selling items that infringe on the estate’s trademarks, according to the Seattle Times. The deal was struck shortly before case was due to go to a jury trial to determine damages for the Hendrix estate. Leon Hendrix was not directly named as a defendant in the lawsuit, reports RollingStone. He fell out with his adopted sister in 2002, when their father, James ‘Al’ Hendrix, died and left the $80 million estate to Janie Hendrix. Leon contested the will, but the decision was upheld by officials at the state Supreme Court in 2007. Jimi Hendrix died without a will in 1970.
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