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Posted by Dave
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4/15/2005 1:22:28 PM

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Lawyers for civil-rights pioneer Rosa Parks have settled a long-running dispute over the use of her name in song by the Grammy-winning hip-hop duo OutKast.
 
 Under the out-of-court settlement announced on Thursday Parks, 92, will receive an undisclosed amount of money that means her "living and health needs ... will be secure," former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer, her guardian, said.
 
 Medical records released earlier this year as part of the dispute revealed Parks is suffering from progressive dementia. She has rarely appeared in public in recent years.
 
 The settlement came with OutKast, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Arista Records LLC and LaFace Records. Under it, Archer said, Sony BMG will produce a Parks tribute CD on which OutKast and other contemporary groups will perform, to be released on the 50th anniversary of her arrest.
 
 In addition, he said, the parties who were sued will also produce an educational television show about her life and legacy, which will be distributed as a digital disc to U.S. public schools.
 
 Parks sued in 1999, saying she was defamed by the use of her name in the 1998 song "Rosa Parks." That suit was dismissed on freedom-of-speech grounds.
 
 A second suit, seeking $5 billion in damages, was filed last summer targeting various versions of the song, some of which included what her lawyers said was highly offensive language.
 
 OutKast, a duo consisting of rappers Andre 3000 and Big Boi, won three Grammys last year, including the coveted award for album of the year, for their blockbuster release "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below."

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