Judge to rule on Marley songs row

Maldon and Burnham Standard: The High Court is due to rule in a dispute over the rights to 13 Bob Marley songs The High Court is due to rule in a dispute over the rights to 13 Bob Marley songs

Two music companies should today hear the result of a High Court fight over the rights to 13 Bob Marley songs.

A judge - who heard evidence at a trial in May - is due to deliver a ruling on the dispute involving Cayman Music and Blue Mountain Music at a hearing in London.

One song involved is No Woman, No Cry - one of the late Jamaican reggae star's most famous works.

The case centres on the ''construction'' of an agreement made in 1992 - 11 years after Marley's death - under which copyrights in ''various musical works'' were transferred by Cayman, lawyers say.

Cayman claims that the 13 songs were not transferred under that agreement.

Blue Mountain, which is responsible for administering rights transferred under that agreement, disputes the claim.

:: They say the 13 songs involved are: Crazy Baldhead; Johnny Was; Natty Dread; No Woman, No Cry; Positive Vibration; Rat Race; Rebel Music (Road Block); Talking Blues; Them Belly Full; Want More; War; Who The Cap Fit; So Jah She.

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