Bob Marley's Family Loses Case Over Catalog Hits

Universal Music Group wins a case over the Marley family, retaining the rights to hits such as "One Love," "No Woman, No Cry" and "I Shot The Sheriff."

Yesterday, a New York City court ruled that Universal Vivendi is the rightful owner of Bob Marley hits such as "One Love," "Get Up, Stand Up" and "No Woman, No Cry." Bob Marley's family, which includes musicians Damian, Stephan, Ziggy and Julian Marley was seeking rights to several of the classic albums, including Exodus, Catch A Fire, Burnin' and Rastaman Vibrations, along with Natty Dread.

UMG spokesman Peter LoFrumento told Reuters that the company is pleased with Cote's ruling. Previously, Marley's wife Rita had accused the label of "exploiting" the late Reggae star for his most profitable music.

Within the recordings in question was "I Shot The Sheriff," a song sampled by both EPMD and Warren G.

8 Comments

  • Anonymous

    hiphopbaby76 THATS THE SLAVE MASTER FOR YA'LL THEY TAKE N TAKE N TAKE N TAKE N TAKE TILL IT AIN'T NONE LEFT. THEY SHOULD STILL TRY N SEE IF THEY CAN GET IT THO. FUCK UNIVERSAL N ALL THE REST OF THESE WHITE SUPREMISTS RUNNIN THESE COMPANIES.

  • obatron1

    That's why you have to read the fine print and if you can't understand the fine print hire a lawyer. It's sad but The Marleys are on a long list of great black musicians that got "jerked" back in the day. Some of the greatest black artists of all time do not own the rights to the very songs that made them famous...and folks wonder why everyone is trying to do the indie label thing. It's sad but it's true...shoot that's why I change channels everytime I hear One Love in a comercial for some swanky island resort. Sad.

  • MYLIE

    no doubt best of all time.

  • BONKEIRA

    Is anyone really surprised? That's the beast. Business is some bullshit sometimes BOB MARLEY-GREATEST MUSICIAN OF ALL TIME

  • ShowTime NY

    R.I.P to the Great Bob Marley. UNiversal should be ashamed of theirselves even if they legally had a right to his recording morally they are in the wrong. You made enough money off the man.

  • Rachael Misek

    this is bunk. that labels are so corrupt, this is the family of a dead musician that didn't know better when he signed a contract back how many decades. i can't stand labels i wish some larger entity would wack the CEO's in their piss ant heads.

    • TK

      This is a sad situation, because labels used the LAW to their advantage. Nothing corrupt happened. The artist signed an agreement that granted the label legal control and ownership over the records. I believe all artists should hold a majority ownership interest in their records. Let this be a wake up call.

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