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|Tue, September 14, 2010 at 7:26 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Bob Marley's family lost a lawsuit seeking the copyrights to several of the late Jamaican reggae singer's best-known recordings.
U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan said Universal Music Group is the rightful owner of copyrights to five albums that Marley had recorded between 1973 and 1977 for Island Records.
The albums "Catch a Fire," "Burnin'," "Natty Dread," "Rastaman Vibrations" and "Exodus" were recorded with Marley's band The Wailers. They include the songs "Get Up, Stand Up," "I Shot the Sheriff," "No Woman, No Cry" and "One Love."
Friday ruling is a defeat for Marley's family who had sought to recover millions of dollars in damages over what they claimed was UMG's effort to "exploit" "the quintessential Bob Marley sound recordings."
Marley's family accused UMG of withholding royalties from their company Fifty-Six Hope Road Music Ltd, and ignoring a 1995 agreement assigning the family the rights under the original recording agreements, court papers show.
But Cote decided that Marley's recordings were "works made for hire" and entitled UMG to be designated the owner of those recordings, for both the initial 28-year copyright terms and for renewals.
"Each of the agreements provided that the sound recordings were the 'absolute property' of Island," Cote wrote. "Whether Marley would have recorded his music even if he had not entered the recording agreements with Island is beside the point."
Cote also denied the Marley family's request for a ruling upholding its claims over digital downloads, citing ambiguity in a 1992 royalty's agreement.
She directed the parties to enter court-supervised settlement talks, and scheduled an Oct. 29 conference.
|Fri, September 10, 2010 at 7:36 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Usher has announced his OMG tour, a North American run that was announced on Sept. 8th. The tour will kick off Nov. 10 in Seattle and hit 25 cities over November and December.
Here are Usher's OMG tour dates:
Nov. 10: Seattle, Wash. (Key Arena)
Nov. 12: Oakland, Calif. (Oracle Arena)
Nov. 13: Las Vegas, Nev. (Mandalay Bay)
Nov. 14: Anaheim, Calif. (Honda Center)
Nov. 17: San Diego, Calif. (Sports Arena)
Nov. 18: Los Angeles, Calif. (Staples Center)
Nov. 19: Phoenix, Ariz. (Jobing.com Arena)
Nov. 23: Houston, Texas (Toyota Center)
Nov. 24: Dallas, Texas (American Airlines Center)
Nov. 26: St. Louis, Mo. (Scottrade Center)
Nov. 27: Kansas City, Mo. (Sprint Center)
Nov. 29: Toronto, Ontario (Air Canada Centre)
Nov. 30: Montreal, Quebec (Bell Centre)
Dec. 2: Detroit, Mich. (TBD)
Dec. 3: Chicago, Ill. (Allstate Arena)
Dec. 5: Atlanta, Ga. (Philips Arena)
Dec. 7: Greensboro, N.C. (Greensboro Coliseum)
Dec. 8: Baltimore, Md. (Mariner Arena)
Dec. 10: Newark, N.J. (Prudential Center)
Dec. 11: Norfolk, Va. (Scope Arena)
Dec. 13: New York, N.Y. (Madison Square Garden)
Dec. 14: Boston, Mass. (TD Garden)
Dec. 16: Philadelphia, Pa. (Wells Fargo Center)
Dec. 17: Washington, D.C. (Verizon Center)
Dec. 18: Hartford, Conn. (XL Center)