OutKast and Rosa Parks Settle Suit
April 15, 2005


Outkast

The Rap duo OutKast and civil rights icon Rosa Parks have reached an agreement in a lawsuit that was brought against the musicians over their 1998 song "Rosa Parks." The lawsuit alleged defamation and trademark infringement because OutKast used Parks' name without her permission. But the rappers contended that the song is neither false advertising nor a violation of Parks' publicity rights.

Now the long-drawn-out matter has been settled, as CNN.com reports that under the agreement, OutKast and co-defendants Sony BMG, Arista Records and LaFace Records will help develop educational programs to "enlighten today's youth about the significant role Rosa Parks played in making America a better place for all races." The settlement also implies no fault by the defendants.




 
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