A dispute over the rights to some of Bob Marley's most famous songs has been settled following a court battle in Britain.

The legal war between two music companies, Cayman Music and Blue Mountain Music, went to the U.K.'s High Court in London in a bid to settle a disagreement over a copyright contract covering tracks including No Woman, No Cry.

Bosses at Cayman argued they should have been accorded copyright to 13 songs in a transfer deal dating back to 1992, but executives at Blue Mountain challenged the claim.

During the case, lawyers for Blue Mountain alleged Marley had "falsely" attributed the songs to other writers in a bid to keep them out of a copyright deal he signed with Cayman in 1973.

A judge sided with Blue Mountain on Wednesday (04Jun14) and ruled Cayman bosses had no rights to the songs as "Marley did not publicly describe himself as the author".

Marley died in 1981.