Sugarman claim echoes Marley battle

June 2014

Music Publishing


In a case that echoes the recent spat between Cayman Music and Blue Mountain Music over a handful of songs widely believed to have been written by Bob Marley in the early 1970s, but which at the time were credited to his friends, in the case of ‘No Woman, No Cry’ the credit went to Vincent Ford. It has long been speculated that Marley did this to circumvent his contractual commitments to Cayman Music, Now Sixto Rodriguez, the subject of the Oscar-winning documentary “Searching for Sugar Man,” has been pulled into a lawsuit over songs on an album he released in 1970. The dispute centres on ownership of the songs on “Cold Fact” and contracts between Rodriguez and two music companies. Gomba Music Inc. is suing Interior Music Corp. in Detroit federal court, claiming it owns the copyright to the songs penned by Rodriguez, not Interior. The lawsuit says the musician concealed his writing role to sidestep a publishing agreement he had with Gomba  and

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