Yesterday, The New York Times reports, Verizon appeared to be removing itself from the situation and the Marley family issued a statement that it would not carry out plans to file a suit against the company for "trademark infringement because Verizon had 'ceded' to its demands and taken most of the 44 ring tones by the singer off the Verizon Wireless Web site." But in that statement the family's longtime spokesman said he was “infuriated that Verizon would go around the estate and initiate partnership with Universal” and that it was “disturbing that these companies refuse to give the musicians the respect they deserve.”
That set Verizon off and a spokesman for the company said: “We had earlier this week decided to take the content down temporarily to give the Marley estate and Universal time to work out their differences. Now, in light of that statement, we’ll be putting that content back up tomorrow.”
The family's response to that was to announce that the suit against Verizon is back on.
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