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.