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Elvis impersonators in Las Vegas troubled by talk of banning their work

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — An iconic Las Vegas character might quickly disappear after a cease-and-desist letter was despatched out for any Elvis illustration. The company that licenses Elvis Presley merchandise is behind it. Las Vegas wedding ceremony chapel officers say this may be an enormous hit to the trade.

This wouldn’t solely harm our small business however would harm the wedding tourism in basic,” President of Vegas Weddings Melody Willis-Williams instructed 8 News Now.

Wedding with an Elvis look-alike (Jesse Garon). The Little White Chapel the place Charolette Richards has been performing greater than 600.000 roughly eccentric weddings. Las Vegas. Nevada. United states (USA) Full Model Release. (Photo by Sylvain GRANDADAM/Gamma-Rapho through Getty Images)

Willis-Williams runs two wedding ceremony chapels in Las Vegas and says Elvis themes are at all times in demand. “I really think the wedding industry has helped keep elvis and his name alive for a generation that never got to see him,” Willis-Williams mentioned.

June 6, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/WireImage)

This business proprietor says she was one of a number of across the Las Vegas valley who not too long ago obtained a letter from Authentic Brands Group. The letter states Authentic Brands Group is the company that licenses Elivs Presley and is asking for a cease-and-desist for the title, likeness, and picture of the singer.

Jesse Garon has been a full time Elvis impersonator in Las Vegas for greater than 30 years, and says this letter is a loss of life sentence for him and others in the trade. “You would see one more person in the unemployment line,” Garon instructed 8 News Now. “I have the best job in the world. We marry people and are part of their best day of their life.”

The Vegas Wedding Chamber issued an announcement writing in half, “It is especially concerning that Las Vegas chapels and impersonators are being targeted as so many people’s livelihood depends on these weddings using his image.”

Event planners say they’re preparing for any authorized struggle coming down the pipeline. “We have started a legal process to see what we can do,” Willis-Williams instructed 8 News Now. It’s my hope to affix the chapels collectively and be a united entrance for this as a result of i understand how necessary that is for them as properly.”

8 News Now has reached out to Authentic Brands Group for remark and have but to obtain one.

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