Marley, beer don't mix; suit pending family says

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    A battle is brewing between the family of late reggae great Bob Marley and a Panamanian beer company.  The Bob Marley Foundation, which is run by Marley's family, is considering suing Cervecceria Nacional, which affixed its logo atop a mural of Marley in Panama City.  The company produces De Primera beer.  "We have contacted our attorneys and they are following it," said foundation executive Marjorie Scott.  Scott said the family particularly objected to Marley's image being used alongside a liquor advertisement.  Drinking alcohol is against the beliefs of Rastafarians, the religious group of which Marley was a well-known member.  The Marley Foundation was notified about the mural by a Rastafarian restaurateur living in Panama City.  The man had commissioned his landlord to paint a large painting of the reggae king outside his restaurant.  The landlord painted not only the mural, but sought sponsorship from De Primera, which agreed to place its logo atop the picture.

Des Moines Register
Sunday, August 31, 1997
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