Civil rights icon Rosa Parks cannot recover compensation for the use of her name as the title of a song by the rap group Outkast, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ruled Nov. 18, holding that Parks could not invoke her right of publicity to prevent the use of her name in an expressive work protected by the First Amendment (Parks v. LaFace Records, E.D. Mich., No. 99-CV-60256-AA, 11/18/99).
In an opinion by Judge Barbara K. Hackett, the court denied Parks’ motion for summary judgment and said “summary judgment shall be granted regrettably in defendants’ favor.”
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