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Old 12-08-2003, 11:17 AM   #1
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Supreme Court allows Rosa Parks to sue OutKast

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court refused Monday to intervene in a lawsuit over the hit song "Rosa Parks" by the Grammy-winning musical group OutKast.

The action, taken without comment from the justices, means the 90-year-old civil rights figure can go ahead with her lawsuit against the band.

The 1998 song is about the entertainment industry and its lyrics do not refer to Parks by name. The chorus of the song goes, "Ah-ha, hush that fuss. Everybody move to the back of the bus."

Parks claimed that OutKast violated her publicity and trademark rights and defamed her. She lost her first round in federal court, but a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio, reinstated part of the lawsuit earlier this year.

The case will now return to a lower federal court judge.

Parks wants all references to her removed from future versions of the record.

OutKast has argued that the song is neither false advertising nor a violation of Parks' publicity rights and is protected by the First Amendment.

Parks made history in December 1955 when she was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus. Her arrest triggered a 381-day boycott of the bus system by blacks and led to court rulings desegregating public transportation nationwide.

The case is LaFace Records v. Parks, 03-504.
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Old 12-08-2003, 04:36 PM   #2
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i think this is the biggest fucking joke ever.

wait, no. that would be kato kaelin.

still a very sorry day for the us judicial systems.
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I don't see any defamation in that.
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i don't get why it's a huge deal.
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Martin Luther King, Jr.'s estate should sue U2.

And John Lewis should sue the UK department store.



Now I want to sue someone.
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I guess people get cranky after 90 years.

I wonder when she'll get around to suing poet Rita Dove for her 1999 book "On the Bus with Rosa Parks."
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I highly doubt Rosa Parks herself initiated any of this...I'm sure its being done at the suggestion of "well meaning" advisors who are only looking out for her best interests
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I highly doubt Rosa Parks herself initiated any of this...I'm sure its being done at the suggestion of "well meaning" advisors who are only looking out for her best interests
I think you're onto something here, and I think best interests=fat lawyers fees.
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I highly doubt Rosa Parks herself initiated any of this...I'm sure its being done at the suggestion of "well meaning" advisors who are only looking out for her best interests

good point.
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Sounds really frivilous

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this has been brewing for quite a while. i am not surprise it actually came together for a lawsuit. i have always enjoyed this song. I will be very curious to see how this plays out. of course this story is in the headlines here in Atlanta. Pretty much anything and everything related to OutKast is major news here.
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I highly doubt Rosa Parks herself initiated any of this...
You mean Rosa Parks doesn't listen to OutKast?!

I didn't even know she was still alive.
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Lawyers will be the ruin of the US. Current estimates show that by 2012, there will be 3 laywers for every person in the US.
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Rosa Parks may not have initiated it, but she's carrying it through to the end it seems. This whole case is pretty old considering Outkast has put out like three albums since complaints/ threats of lawsuits were made.

This whole issue sucks...
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