It is most likely the blues are playing in the Marley home rather than any uplifting music the late Bob Marley recorded with his band the Wailers. Maybe the repeat button has number 9 of Bob’s “Exodus” compact disc playing over and over to remind the family not only of their loved one but that, just because a corrupt recording company has stripped the essence of what music is all about, that “every little thing….gonna be alright.”
Bob Marley’s wife and children, who lost Marley in 1981 of cancer, recently lost a legal battle with UMG Recordings over the ownership of the copyrights to five of his popular albums. The albums include “Catch a Fire,” “Burnin’,” “Natty Dread,” “Rastaman Vibrations” and “Exodus.” The family was seeking millions for damages they say UMG caused due to their withholding of royalties from the recordings. The September 10, 2010 ruling from the District Court of the Southern District of New York awarded UMG ownership of the recordings because they were a “work made for hire” under the United States Copyright Code. The decision gave the music mogul rights to the initial 28 year copyright term as well as the renewals.
Although this is a huge punch in the gut of the Marley family and a right hook to music artists in general, the family may still be able to walk away with a fist full of cash depending on how the court ordered settlement talks pan-out on October 29.
The aforesaid is the perfect example that all the talent and ambition that is put forth in entertaining the world may in the long run be worth nothing more than slop for feeding the pigs of the industry. Sorry to the Marley family that it did not pay to, “get up, stand up for your rights.”