p2pnet view Music:- A multi-billion-dollar French record company, the biggest member of the corporate music Sue ‘Em All gang, owns several of the late Bob Marley’s best-known recordings — not his family.
That’s the view of US district judge Denise Cote.
She’s ruled the UMG Recordings unit of Vivendi’s Universal Music Group owns the copyrights to Catch a Fire, Burnin’, Natty Dread, Rastaman Vibrations and Exodus, recorded by Marley between 1973 and 1977 for Island Records, says Reuters.
The five albums include Get Up, Stand Up, I Shot the Sheriff, No Woman, No Cry and One Love.
The ruling “is a defeat for Marley’s widow Rita and nine children who had sought to recover millions of dollars in damages over UMG’s effort to exploit what they called the quintessential Bob Marley sound recordings”, says the story, going on:
“Marley’s family accused UMG of intentionally withholding royalties from their company Fifty-Six Hope Road Music Ltd, and ignoring a 1995 agreement assigning them rights under the original recording agreements, court papers show.
“It also accused UMG of failing as required to consult with them on key licensing decisions, including the use of Marley’s music as ringtones on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile phones, the papers show.”
But “Cote concluded that Marley’s recordings were works made for hire as defined under U.S. copyright law, entitling UMG to be designated the owner of those recordings, for both the initial 28-year copyright terms and for renewals”, says Reuters, adding she also “denied the Marley family’s request for a ruling upholding its claims over digital downloads, citing ambiguity in a 1992 royalties agreement.
The Marleys and Viviendi have been ordered to “enter court-supervised settlement talks”, with a conference slated for October 29.
Reuters – Bob Marley family loses case over hit records, September 13, 2010
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