Steve Ross He was the only son of Bob Ross to follow in his father’s footsteps to become a painter. Bob Ross named Steven Ross as heir to his intellectual property, but his son was embroiled in legal battles over rights.
The battle for Bob Ross Inc. was largely unknown in the public sphere until Steve Ross filed a federal lawsuit in 2018, which made a number of other lawsuits public. Those involved claims made by Annette and Walt Kowalski, who were two of the four partners in the Bob Ross Inc. brand.The fourth partner was Bob Ross’s second wife, Jane Ross, who died in 1992.
Steve Ross, whose full name is Robert Steven Ross, had a prominent role in a new Netflix documentary that delved into the lawsuits claiming the Bob Ross brand. The documentary, Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed, was released on Netflix on Wednesday, August 25, 2021.
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Steve Ross fell into a deep depression after his father’s death, eventually losing his father’s intellectual property rights
After the death of Bob Ross, Steve Ross fell into a deep depression, stopped painting and contemplated suicide, according to the Daily Beast. Steve Ross was a professional painter and initially tried to keep up his search to make ends meet, according to the article. But he completely abandoned it and lived as a “hermit” for 15 years, the article continues.
Shortly before Bob Ross’s death, the kind painter known for his “happy little trees” was presented with legal documents asking him to turn over the business, Bob Ross Inc., to Annette and Walt Kowalski, Beast reported. Ross, who suffered from lymphoma, declined the request. Instead, he made a series of changes to his will and said his name, likeness and intellectual property belong to Steve Ross and one of his half-brothers, the article says.
However, a judge ruled that Steve Ross did not have the rights because, at the time the will was amended, the intellectual property in question belonged to Bob Ross Inc., the Daily Beast reported.
“In the end, they got the best deal possible under the circumstances,” the article said. “In exchange for a modest payment, Steve gave up his claims to Bob’s intellectual property. Most important to him, perhaps, Bob Ross, Inc., gave him the authorization to go ahead with his business using his name and the right, under confidentiality agreements, to show some terms of the agreement to potential business partners who might have fear of a lawsuit from Bob Ross, Inc. “
Steve Ross teaches painting class with his partner Dana Jester and shares the joy of painting
Although Bob Ross’s legacy was filled with legal battles, his talent and character endure through his son, who runs painting workshops with his business partner, Dana Jester.
The Sterling Journal-Advocate He noted that Steve Ross earns “next to nothing” from television and, like his father, earned his income through workshops and selling his art. The article, written about a workshop Jester and Ross conducted in Sterling, Colorado, depicted Ross with a kind and encouraging demeanor much like his father’s.
“Anyone can do this, if you just follow it,” Ross said, pointing to a seascape completed by a student. “This guy has never painted before. This was his first effort ”.
The Daily Beast reported that Steve Ross’s first workshop breathed new life into him as he realized that he was bringing the joy of painting to others.
“I didn’t realize that people missed me or wanted me to do this again,” he told the Daily Beast. “I always knew, but what I mean is that maybe I didn’t want to know. Perhaps I reserved the right to remain ignorant ”.
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