LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 11: Shannon Lee speaks at the Cinemax Warrior Event in Los Angeles on April 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California John Sciulli / Getty Images for Cinemax / AFP
A company led by Bruce Lee's daughter sued a Chinese fast food chain for allegedly using a picture of the late-night movie star without permission.
Shannon Lee's Bruce Lee Enterprises accuses the Kungfu Catering Management chain of using their father's image in a logo for 15 years without paying any intellectual property rights.
The grocery chain replied on Thursday that the logo had long been approved by the Chinese authorities.
"We are confused that we will be prosecuted many years later. We are actively investigating the case and preparing to respond," said a statement on China's Twitter-like Weibo platform.
According to the Chinese website sina.com, Shannon Lee asked the grocery chain to stop using her father's picture immediately, to clarify that it had nothing to do with Bruce Lee for 90 consecutive days, and to compensate her To pay 210 million yuan ($ 30 million).
The Guangzhou-based restaurant chain Real Kung Fu (Zhen Gongfu in Mandarin) was founded in 1990. Since 2004, the logo has shown a dark-haired man in a kung fu pose who resembles Bruce Lee.
The chain's founder stated that, according to Chinese media, it has over 600 stores across the country with a total value of over five billion yuan.
On a list published by the China Cuisine Association, it was among the top 10 fast food companies in China last year.
Bruce Lee Enterprises in Los Angeles handles the marketing and licensing of Bruce Lee's image and aims to keep the martial artist's energy alive, as the official website showed.
Shannon Lee, who took over the company from her mother, has been committed to preserving her father's heritage for around two decades.
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