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Three members of the Vancouver rock band Nickelback have won a lawsuit against their former manager over ownership of an unreleased album. Justice Marion Allan of the B.C. Supreme Court found that they are the owners of the master copy of Curb.

Chad and Michael Kroeger, the Vancouver-based band's front man and bass player, and guitarist Ryan Peake claimed Amar II Canada Productions Inc. and Clyde Hill, one of Amar's principals, were illegally holding the master copy.

"There is no justification for Amar to retain the master," Allan said.

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She found there was no basis for an action against Hill and she dismissed the band members' claims for damages.

The band members said they recorded the album's 11 songs in September, 1996, and that Amar and Hill "wrongfully retained or took possession of Curb from the plaintiffs in August of 1998."

Amar has filed a lawsuit against the band, seeking a percentage of Nickelback's earnings and management fees and expenses.

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