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King rights, images dispute to stay in state court

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A federal judge has declined a request by a nonprofit devoted to the memory of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to move a dispute with the leader of King's estate from Georgia state court to federal court.

King's estate filed a complaint Aug. 28 in an Atlanta court asking a judge to stop The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change from using his image, likeness and memorabilia.

The estate is run by King's sons, Martin Luther King III and Dexter King, while The King Center is run by King's daughter, Bernice King.

The King Center argued the case belongs in federal court because it deals with federal copyright law.

The judge said his decision was a close one but that he decided the state court has jurisdiction.

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