Consent needed before Stalin’s music, image can be used

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Consent needed before Stalin’s music, image can be used

Organisations and people who are involved in the unauthorised use of the intellectual property of the late Leroy ‘Black Stalin’ Calliste, have been told to stop this practice now and seek consent from his estate or face legal action.

Calliste died on December 28th and since then, there have been reproductions from the autobiography: Black Stalin – The Caribbean Man, as well as other products carrying his image.

A legal letter sent from attorney Rondell Donowa on May 25, said while Calliste’s family, including widow Janet Patricia “Patsy” Calliste and children are appreciative of the “support and tributes” after his death, they felt compelled to issue the statement after it was realised that “unauthorised individuals, organisations or entities” were profiting from the late calypsonian’s intellectual property.

The letter said, “We wish to emphasise that any use, reproduction, distribution, or sale of Black Stalin’s intellectual property, including but not limited to recordings, books, paraphernalia and related merchandise, must be done with proper authorisation from the family or the estate.”

“This authorisation is essential to uphold the integrity of Black Stalin’s legacy and to ensure that his work continues to be honoured and celebrated in a manner that aligns with the family’s values,” Donowa’s letter added.

It also warned any organisation or person wanting to organise a tribute concert or event dedicated to Calliste’s memory, that they too, must seek “explicit consent and authorisation” from Calliste’s family or estate.

“This includes obtaining proper licenses, permits, and adhering to any conditions set forth by the family to protect the integrity of the late artist’s image, music and reputation,” it said. Those seeking consent were directed to contact Donowa.

It said intellectual property rights were crucial to protect the creative works and legacy of individuals, ensuring that their artistic contributions were respected and preserved.