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Rosa Parks Lawsuit Allowed To Continue Against Outkast

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Rosa Parks won a decision

against Outkast today, after the Supreme Court refused to intervene in a lawsuit

over 1998’s hit song "Rosa Parks."

The 90-year-old

Parks alleges that Outkast violated her trademark rights and defamed her.

Parks and her lawyer,

famed attorney Johnnie Cochran, scored a victory earlier this year, when a portion

of the lawsuit was reinstated earlier this year.

Cochran claimed

that Parks had approved an album of gospel recordings titled Verity Records

Presents: A Tribute to Mrs. Rosa Parks and that fans accidently bought Aquemeni

instead of the gospel album.

Cochran presented

21 affidavits at the last hearing from people who said they were "fooled

into buying the rap album out of a belief that it had something to do with Parks

and the civil rights movements."

OutKast argues

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.

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