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By Mary Keshishian     Sep 14, 2010 in Entertainment
An attempt for a lawsuit from the family of singer Bob Marley's has been thwarted by a judge in New York. The lawsuit was to obtain copyrights for some of Bob Marley's best-known recordings.
Judge Denise Cote ruled that Universal Music Group (UMG) owned the copyright to five albums that Marley had recorded between 1973 and 1977 for Island Records.
Marley's widow and children had sought millions in damages for UMG's alleged attempts to "exploit" his recordings.
The albums "Catch a Fire," "Burnin'," "Natty Dread," "Rastaman Vibrations" and "Exodus" were recorded with Marley's band The Wailers. Some of Marley's best-known songs, including "Get Up, Stand Up," "I Shot the Sheriff," "No Woman, No Cry" and "One Love" were on these albums.
Marley's family of a widow, and nine kids had accused UMG of intentionally withholding royalties from what they called "the quintessential Bob Marley sound recordings." and their Fifty-Six Hope Road Music company.
Sources say that, L. Peter Parcher and Peter Shukat, who are lawyers for the family, did not immediately return calls seeking comment. UMG spokesman Peter LoFrumento said the company is pleased with Cote's ruling.
Judge Cote directed the parties to enter court-supervised settlement talks, and scheduled an October 29 conference.
Bob Marley died at age 36 of cancer.
Marley is a well-known reggae artist from Jamaica, whose mother is Jamaican, and father from England.
Marley's greatest hits disc, 'Legend' is the best-selling reggae album ever.
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