Talking Blues – Bob Marley’s heirs threaten legal action against Israeli

Irina Mossi “Just for One Night“

HEIRS of late Jamaican reggae singer Bob Marley have reportedly sent a
warning letter to Aryeh Eldad, an Isreali physician and politician,
threatening legal action over the unauthorised use of the song Iron Lion
According to the Isreali website www.haaretz.com, members of the Marley
team said the song’s lyrics were used for propaganda purposes
Eldad 62, is the head of the plastic surgery and burns department at the
Hadassah Medical centre in Jerusalem as well as the leader of Hatikva,
one of the three parties that make up the National Union faction in
The clip that was said to have been removed from the Internet after the
warning letter, showed Eldad with his grandchildren while Marley’s song
plays in the background. Added to the words of the Marley’s song were
the following phrases that Eldad allegedly use to promote his political
“If you support two states for two peoples, where one of them is Jordan,
if you are against the Arab occupation, say ‘Amen’. Just one hope on
the right (wing), Yes.”
In the warning letter, sent by Universal Music Production’s Group which
owns the rights to the 1992 hit, Eldad’s parliamentary aides were
instructed to removed the video from the Internet.
“Marley’s heirs are deeply hurt by the stated rights violation and the
extreme, overt and insulting political use of the late Mr Marley’s
creation and legacy, which, putting it mildly, humiliates him and his
efforts,” said Amit Karmon, a lawyer who works with the Media Man group.
Media Man is the company that represents Universal Music in Israel.
According to another Israeli website www.mjpost.com, Orly Marley —
wife/manager of Marley’s son, Ziggy — said that they (Marley heirs) must
“sue without exception” anyone who creates unauthorised product of Bob
Marley. Orly is a native of Israel.
In an interview with Haaretz, Eldad rejected the claim, saying he “does
not feel threatened”, and that the legal action is petty in light of
today’s Internet reality.

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