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Madonna Sued Over Use of Marlon Brando's Image on Tour

Image courtesy of Kevin Mazur/WireImage (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Kevin Mazur/WireImage (via ABC News Radio)

Earlier this year, Madonna paid a negotiated sum of money for the right to flash the late Marlon Brando 's image on a video screen during her Super Bowl halftime performance.  But now the company that owns the rights to Brando's image is suing the star, claiming she's been using his image throughout her tour without permission.

TheWrap.com reports that on Thursday, Brando Enterprises filed suit in U.S. District Court in California against Madonna.  The company says that it never granted Madonna the right to use Brando's image during her performance of "Vogue" -- in which she name checks Brando -- on the MDNA tour, and accuses her of federal trademark infringement.

According to TheWrap, the suit claims that Brando Enterprises, through its reps Brand Sense Partners, granted Madonna the rights to Brando's image for a one-time use: the Super Bowl.  When her camp reportedly approached Brand Sense Partners about using Brando for the entire tour, they couldn't come to terms. 

Madonna, however, has continued to use the late actor's image during the "Vogue" segment of her MDNA show, during which she sings, "Marlon Brando/Jimmy Dean/On the cover of a magazine."  Now, Brando Enterprises is seeking damages, attorney's feeds and costs and a share of the profits received as a result of using the late actor's image.

According to TheWrap.com, there's been no response from the singer's camp to the lawsuit.

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