Rosa Parks may be over 90-years-old, but that isn’t stopping her from suing the hell out of the rap group OutKast. In 1998, the group released a song bearing her name that contained a verse that proclaimed, “Ah-ha, hush that fuss. Everybody move to the back of the bus.” Ms. Parks wasn’t having it, just like she wasn’t moving to the back of that bus.

Ms. Parks claimed that OutKast violated her publicity rights, 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 Supreme Court refused to intervene today and allowed the lawsuit to move forth in the lower federal court. Don’t piss off Rosa!

I can understand Supreme Court not wanting to get involved at this time. But, should this case return for a ruling, the Justices will (or should) side with the First Amendment. They better, or I’m moving to Spain! This song, as any song, is clearly protected by free speech. So, “I’m sorry Ms. Parks, wooh, speech is forreal…!”

3 Comments »

  1. Don’t Mess With Rosa Parks

    Rosa Parks may be over 90-years-old, but that isn’t stopping her from suing the hell out of the rap group…

    #1 by Blogcritics — December 8, 2003 @ 11:33 am

  2. courts should rule for freedom of speech.

    #2 by Miki — December 8, 2003 @ 12:32 pm

  3. Did Rosa ever get paid? I heard something about Rosa Parks being beaten. Do you know anything about this?

    #3 by Cd — June 16, 2004 @ 7:26 am

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