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Marley Family Sues Verizon & Universal Records

marleyfamily.jpgNEW YORK - THE family of late reggae singer Bob Marley said on Thursday that they will sue Universal Music Group and Verizon Wireless for using the iconic pop star's name, likeness and image without permission.

Fifty Six Hope Road Music, which is owned by the Marley family, said in a news release that Universal Music had entered an agreement with Verizon Wireless that granted the US mobile service provider the right to utilize Bob Marley's name, likeness and image to promote a new set of ring tones.

The offer, announced on Tuesday, said Verizon Wireless customers would be able to purchase ring tones of some of Marley's music exclusively on its service.

'The agreement was entered into without the permission of the Marley Family,' said the statement from Fifty Six Hope Road Music.

Universal Music Group (UMG), the world largest music company, owns Island Records, the label through which Marley recorded most of his global hits, such as One Love and I Shot The Sheriff. His greatest hits compilation, Legend, is the biggest-selling reggae album of all time.

'UMG has not received any suit from the Marley Estate,' Universal Music Group said on Thursday.

The music company, owned by French media giant Vivendi, said the claims made in the press release were 'meritless'.

'Specifically, we are offering Bob Marley ringtones through Verizon in accordance with the terms of a long-standing contract between Bob Marley and UMG,' Universal Music Group said. --

Source: ReggaeWire News Network


Comments (4)


Posted by lisa | September 3, 2007 3:51 PM

well, i must say that Bob Marley would be very very proud of his boys.i admire the fact that they have a very united front even though they are not of one mother and father. its a precious sight.

one luv.
ps: no mek dem rob unnu. oh

Posted by Val | December 16, 2008 3:59 PM

I agree with Lisa that it is really a precious sight to see all the Marley brothers uniting together; also,carrying out the belief of their dad in one of his songs "Get up stand up, stand up for your rights". Yes, stand up for your rights and do not let anyone deprive you of what is rightfully yours."One love"

Posted by Shivonne | September 25, 2009 7:15 PM

ive always luvd d marley family wen i first heard Bob Marley i wuz caught n my dictionary certified gangster means dey been through it nd still kept going nd u dnt let people tell u wat u will b n life, nd 2 me Bob Marley is a certified gangster nd so r his kids i will always love Bob Marley nd his family RIP Bob Marley may yo music nd personality live on god bless d marley family

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Posted by ras freddy ochivez | May 5, 2010 12:41 PM

am sure Bob would be very proud of his sons if he would come back to life.Big up to Bob's sons and Mr.Marley wherever you R.I.P ONE LOVE!!!

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