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    Tue, 14 Sep 2010 12:36:34

    Bob Marley's Family Loses Copyright Lawsuit - They were seeking rights to five of the reggae star's albums

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    Reuters reports that the late Bob Marley's family lost a lawsuit seeking to obtain the copyrights to several of the late Jamaican reggae singer's best-known recordings in what is undoubtedly a crushing defeat for the family.

    U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan said the UMG Recordings unit of Vivendi SA's Universal Music Group is the rightful owner of copyrights to five albums that Marley had recorded between 1973 and 1977 for Island Records. The albums in question are Catch a Fire, Burnin', Natty Dread, Rastaman Vibrations and Exodus, which were recorded with Marley's band the Wailers. They include some of Marley's best-known songs, including "Get Up, Stand Up," "I Shot the Sheriff," "No Woman, No Cry" and "One Love."

    Marley's widow Rita and nine children had sought to recover millions of dollars in damages over UMG's effort to "exploit" what they called "the quintessential Bob Marley sound recordings."

    Should the Marley family appeal this ruling?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    09.14.10




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