Notorious B.I.G.’s mother and Faith Evans are suing a snowboard company over the use of his face on their products.
Yes. Snowboards are accused of using Notorious B.I.G.’s face on their snowboards, without permission from Notorious B.I.G. LLC. — a company set up by Faith and his mother, Voletta Wallace.
The Swiss-based company are alleged to have used a photograph taken by Chi Modu, in front of the World Trade Towers, on their snowboards.
In the lawsuit, it says, “At a time where fame and popularity for musicians comes and goes on an accelerated time scale, it is hard to quantify the power – both emotional and financial – of a musician whose brand and persona are still appreciated, recognized, and replicated more than two decades after his death.”
The snowboards sold with Notorious B.I.G.’s face on are no longer available to purchase on the companies website, but other snowboards featuring other rappers’ faces on are purchasable.