Tina Hendrix tells billboard that her family is “overwhelmed and disappointed by the judge’s decision and I strongly feel that it is wrong and unfair for several reasons.”
The verdict of contempt against Leon and Tina Hendrix came after a lengthy legal battle that began in 2017, when Experience Hendrix LLC, the sole owner of the late rocker’s music, sound recordings, copyrights and trademarks, and Authentic Hendrix LLC Hendrix filed a violation case. Experience and Authentic Hendrix is suing Leon Hendrix and a business associate for trademark infringement, fraud and false advertising, among other claims.
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The following July, the court formally ruled in favor of Experience Hendrix, LLC and Authentic Hendrix, LLC, and against Leon Hendrix, its corporate enterprises. . . partners,. . “and a $ 402,018.53 decision against Leon. But just three months later, Experience and the authentic Hendrix told the court that Leon and Tina Hendrix were violating the court’s standing order.
“Hendrix’s experience only seeks to deprive Jimi Hendrix’s close relatives of the right to participate in his legacy at any cost, for no purpose other than corporate greed, and to spread public misinformation that they are only Jimi’s family [when] in fact, they are not, ”continues Tina Hendrix. “This battle is not about money, but about the right to use my birth name for my own families for charity. This is more about freedom of speech and our rights are violated by this order and the order preceding this case, which was the default decision against my father.
She added: “I am amazed that the courts have sided with Experience Hendrix and deprived us of the right to use our own surname for life. This is a rare phenomenon. The plaintiff was given the name Hendrix by adoption and has since used it only to exploit millions of dollars of Jimi Hendrix’s music while using the proceeds to eliminate biological members of Jimi’s family one by one, starting with Jimi’s own son, after this is Jimmy’s brother and now his niece. I never earned a single dollar from my uncle when I was a free music school for kids. “
Despite the fact that Leon was forbidden by the court to use the name “Jimi Hendrix”, the name “Jimi”, the name “Hendrix” in any configuration. . . ; any registered or pending Hendrix trademark. . . ; or any image, likeness or signature of Jimi Hendrix. . . in any way, including but not limited to selling, naming, identifying, offering for sale, marketing, labeling, packaging, promotion, distribution or advertising of any product or service, or in connection with any goods and services, ”he later gave an interview to promote and promote the sale of Jimi Hendrix’s alleged guitar, according to court documents.
The court also said that Leon and Tina Hendrix hosted and sponsored a fundraising benefit for their non-profit “Jimi Hendrix Music” and sold a Jimi Hendrix T-shirt on their website with a picture of Hendrix on the front and a quote from Hendrix. , followed by a protective signature of Jimi Hendrix on the back.
While Tina Hendrix argued in court that the money raised for the HMA academy was for a non-profit charity, the court said the non-profit status did not release him from the obligation to comply with the standing order. Engelmeier also ordered Leon to pay the opposing lawyer’s attorney’s fees and said that if he and Tina Hendrix did not comply, an additional fine could be imposed, saying Leon “carried the keys to his prison in his own pocket.”
Tina Hendrix tells billboard“I’m just trying to teach the kids about Jimmy and use his name non-profit. My grandfather gave us that right in 1988. Everything we got from Jimmy’s fans went to the students and their families. Over the past decade, we have proudly served many needy families in Jimmy’s honor. This job never interfered with Hendrix’s business or profits, only their lies. We are currently desperately seeking legal advice on pro Bono and intend to fight it to the end. We have been, and always have been, known as the Hendrix family since my father was born in 1948. Why should we be silent and prevented from telling our family story when we are the only ones who could ever tell it? This is an example of how history is rewritten to adapt lies based on greed and to spread misinformation as fact. “