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Bob Marley No Woman, No Cry royalties dispute opens at High Court – News – Music – The Independent

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The question of who actually composed Bob Marley’s classic song “No Woman, No Cry” has fascinated scholars of the reggae legend for 40 years.

Now the 1974 song, one of Marley’s most covered hits, is at the centre of a High Court battle over publishing rights to the Jamaican pioneer’s back catalogue.

Blue Mountain Music, the company created by Chris Blackwell, the Island Records founder who launched Marley’s international career, is being sued by Cayman Music, which represented Marley’s catalogue from 1967 to 1976.

Cayman accuses Blue Mountain of “misattribution and diversion of income” of a number of the Jamaican star’s hits.

Cayman told the High Court that it has never been credited for its share in No Woman, No Cry and 12 other songs written by Marley between 1973 and 1976.

Hugo Cuddigan, for Cayman, said Marley agreed a publishing deal with Cayman but had “fraudulently” attributed the songs to other people to avoid the provisions of that 1973 agreement.

via Bob Marley No Woman, No Cry royalties dispute opens at High Court – News – Music – The Independent.

 

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