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Bob Marley's family to sue Universal Music

They also take on major mobile phone co

Bob Marley
Bob Marley's family have announced that they intend to sue Universal Music Group and Verizon Wireless for using the reggae legend's name and likeness without their permission.

According to a press release issued by Fifty Six Hope Road Music Ltd, which is owned by the Marleys, Universal Music has agreed to grant US mobile phone provider Verizon the right to use Bob Marley's name, likeness and image to promote a new set of ringtones.

"The agreement was entered into without the permission of the Marley Family," said the statement.

Universal said the claims in the press release were "meritless" and they have not received any suit from the Marley estate, reports Reuters.

Universal Music Group owns Island Records, the label on which Marley recorded several major hits including 'One Love' and 'I Shot The Sheriff'.

--By our Los Angeles staff.
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