Big Pun was one of the hottest rappers in the early 2000's and his albums sold millions across the globe. Pun is remembered by many fans worldwide to this day and his image is well known in the Hip Hop industry. Walmart decided to capitalize on Puns image through a new clothing line that they were selling and his late wife was not happy about it. She now plans to sue for $10,000,000 in Damages and is also suing the companies that produced the clothing line, Redbubble, and Cloudflare. Big Puns wife, Liza Rios, says she owns all rights to Big Puns images and artwork as it was left to her after his death and also wants all profits made from the sales.
Liza is suing for Copyright infringement since she owns all of Puns material. Copyright infringement is the use of works protected by copyrightlaw without permission, infringing certain exclusive rights granted to the copyright holder, such as the right to reproduce, distribute, display or perform the protected work, or to make derivative works. Walmart and it's partner companies did not have her permission she claims and did it without her knowing. The image she is suing for pictures Big Pun in a Michael Jordan pose holding a microphone. Copyright infringement disputes are usually resolved through direct negotiation, a notice and take down process, or litigation in civil court. Egregious or large-scale commercial infringement, especially when it involves counterfeiting, is sometimes prosecuted via the criminal justice system.