Rosa Parks Institute Loses Appeal Against Target

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision on Monday on a lower court ruling against the case of the Rosa Parks Institute vs. Target ruling in favor of the retail giant.

Last year a judge ruled in favor of Target, saying the store is protected under the first amendment to use Parks face or likeness on their merchandise. The institute’s attorney believes they’re protected under the Right of Publicity Law, which means a person has the right to control the commercial use of his or her image. She says the courts decision will set a precedents for future cases when it comes to celebrities and athletes who will fight the same battle.

“Basically what it says is the first amendment, which is your right to free speech allows you to take anybody who’s famous for any reason historically or musically to use their name and likeness to further whatever product you’re giving, and make a profit from it,” Said Gwendolyn Thomas Kennedy Green, attorney for the institute.

The institute says they’ll take their case to the supreme court. We reached out to Target, but the have not returned our phone calls.

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