Appeals Court Taking a Deeper Look Into Universal Music Group’s Bob Marley Recording Rights…

Back in 2006, Rock River Communications sued Univeral Music Group for interference with contracts, antitrust violations, and misleading representation of copyright authority over Bob Marley‘s early recordings when UMG prevented Rock River from using 16 Marley recordings.

Initially, the trial judge ruled upon summary judgement that UMG was in the right.  This meant that particular materials of evidence were excluded before the trial had even begun, resulting in a ruling without a full trial.

On Wednesday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said that UMG carries a burden of proof of its claim of exclusive rights to the Marley recordings used by Rock River.  Which means the conflict is now back to trial court, which will require a full look into what happened — starting with Bob Marley in Jamaica over 50 years ago — to find out if Universal really owns the recording rights to his tracks.

More as it develops.

One Response

  1. Spoken X Digital Media Group

    Instead of fighting on every corner in digital music city and coming up with all these different ways to hoodwink the starving artists out their due earnings we need to start selling, selling, selling the old fashioned way. Lots of people want to own their music: Purhase, download,burn and transfer to devices and audio CD and ride through the countryside listening to that old favorite tune that’s out of their shopping reach__//Literati X b2b direct to pocket shopping mall offering legend in brand and major music–top independent entertainment for mobile and PC lifestyle. . .//