BUZZ: Treasure Isle legal battle is over

Friday, October 30, 2009

Jamaica observer reported: It has now been made legally official that Sonia Pottinger is the rightful owner of the Treasure Isle's recording catalogue, previously owned by its late founder, the legendary record producer Duke Reid.

The landmark ruling was handed down in chamber at the Supreme Court in Kingston last Wednesday. The Jamaica Recording and Publishing Studio Limited (the famed Studio One founded and operated by the late Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd, ace rival to Duke Reid) was first defendant. Second defendant was Anthony Reid, son of Duke Reid, Treasure Isle Records International Limited (the company started by Duke Reid's son) was third defendant and Edward 'Bunny' Lee fourth defendant.

"As of September 1975, Sonia Pottinger was and remains the legal and beneficial owner of master recordings, music publishing rights, all copyrights and related rights as well as the exclusive rights to administer, manufacture, release, distribute and license all publishing rights and master recordings owned by Arthur Stanley 'Duke' Reid," Justice E Brown stated in his written judgement dated Wednesday, October 21, 2009. Attorney-at-law Michael Hylton represented the claimant. None of the defendants were present or represented, Splash understands. Read more


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