Afeni Shakur’s Amaru Entertainment Sued for Copyright Infringement
Isaiah Israel, owner of the Marco Bellini Apparel Company, has filed suit against Afeni Shakur’s Amaru Entertainment for allegedly infringing on his copyrighted logo. According to Israel, the Makaveli Branded clothing line, which is operated by Amaru Entertainment and uses a “MB” logo, is compromising his Marco Bellini line of t-shirts. In his suit, filed today (September 6) in U.S. District Court in Illinois, Israel claims that his brand has suffered “great damage to its business, goodwill, reputation, profits and the strength of its trademark.” The suit also states that Israel filed paperwork with the U.S. Trademark office in June of 1998 and has been marketing and selling the line for at least nine years. Israel is seeking a permanent injunction against Amaru Entertainment barring further use of the MB logo, and an unspecified amount of compensatory damages.