Marleys lose case over hit albums

Marley filmed from left stage door during concert.

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US Judge says UMG rightful owner of five Marley albums

NEW YORK, United States – The family of reggae legend Bob Marley today lost their court battle to own the copyrights of five of his best-known albums, recorded between 1973 and 1977, and recover millions of US dollars in damages.

Reuters reported that a Manhattan judge ruled that Universal Music Group’s UMG is the rightful owner of the albums, ‘Catch A Fire’, ‘Burnin’, ‘Natty Dread’, ‘Rastaman Vibrations’ and ‘Exodus’.

The albums contain many of Marley’s most famous songs, including ‘No Woman, No Cry’ and ‘One Love’.

The judge ruled that under US copyright law the recordings were “works made for hire” and therefore belonged to Universal.

Jamaica Observer

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