On this day in 2003, Jim Morrison’s parents sued two of their son’s former Doors bandmates, claiming that the musicians, now touring in a reformed version of the famous group, have “maliciously misappropriated” the name and logo of The Doors, and are using Morrison’s poetry and photos without permission.
In a Los Angeles Superior Court complaint, George and Clara Morrison allege that Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger have stolen “these valuable property rights” in a bid to promote and market “a new band that they recently organized with two other individuals who have never been associated with the original Doors band”, and which plans on launching “a national and international tour in order to wrongfully enrich themselves.”
Joining the Morrison’s as plaintiffs in the L.A. lawsuit are Columbus and Pearl Courson, the parents of Pamela Courson, Jim Morrison’s late common-law wife. The Morrisons and the Coursons share a 25 percent ownership stake in the corporations formed to administer the Doors partnerships. The other 25 percent partners are Manzarek, Krieger, and former Doors drummer John Densmore.