Jan. 22 [8:00 EST] — On Tuesday, Death Row Records was reportedly ordered to halt all sales of Tupac Shakur merchandise without first obtaining the consent of the estate of the late rapper, and were also ordered to pay the estate up to $500,000 in back revenues.
According to reports, federal judge William Matthew Byrne ruled that Death Row and its merchandise manufacturer Cronies and its distributor Globex must get permission from Shakur’s estate before marketing any more Tupac merchandise.
Judge Byrne also ruled that the late rapper’s mother, Afeni Shakur, is entitled to 18 percent of all the money made from Tupac merchandise in the last quarter of 1996. It is expected that the total in back revenue paid to Shakur’s estate could reach $500,000.
Afeni Shakur filed suit against Death Row on December 13 after noticing that the record label was selling T-shirts, hats, and sweatshirts through a flier including in Tupac’s „All Eyez on Me.“