Music Gear News

At Gear4music.com we update our news channel daily to ensure you always get the latest and most important music news.

Pink Floyd take EMI to court

Pink Floyd have started legal action against their record label, EMI over disputes about royalty payments for their songs.
Great deals on musical instruments

Pink Floyd have started legal action against their record label, EMI.

The legendary 'Wish You Were Here' rockers began proceedings over their entitlement to royalties from the record company, and how they are calculated today (09.03.10).

The band's lawyer, Robert Howe QC, said in court the group want to "know where they stand as a matter of contract,'' and that they are concerned about online sales of their tracks.

He questioned EMI's ''entitlement to sell individual tracks, or indeed any tracks, otherwise than in the original configuration of the Pink Floyd albums."

He further argued the band have a contractual clause which "expressly prohibits'' the selling of their tracks, either physically or online ''other than in their original configuration'' - in other words, the band's albums can only be sold as a whole body of work rather than as individual tracks.

Howe added: "Both parties were faced with a whole new world of potential exploitation," which has developed through changes in the way music is distributed since the group's last record contract was negotiated in 1999.

Howe also said EMI had argued the contractual agreement only applies to physical product and not online, which he argued "makes no commercial sense".

Pink Floyd - whose album 'Dark Side of the Moon' is one of the biggest selling of all time - signed with EMI in 1967 and are the label's second most successful artist after The Beatles, although they are presently defunct.

Struggling record company EMI reported in February it made a £1.5 billion pre-tax loss last year.

Posted on 9 Mar 2010 16:30 to category : Music News

Related Music News

thumbnail

Featuring a whole host of professional grade components, Antelope Audio's Zen Studio is available now at an incredibly discounted price.

17 Nov 2016 09:53
thumbnail

Chief executive of UK Music expects difficulties in the near future for UK artists wishing to work in the USA

16 Nov 2016 13:09
thumbnail

Ticket touters have been routinely slammed by artists and promoters for quite some time. Now, the government are to host an evidence session in which ticket touters and secondary tickets websites will be investigated.

14 Nov 2016 10:46
thumbnail

Shure announce their 'Call for Legends- Live Contest' in which the company search high and low for the next living music legends.

7 Nov 2016 12:12
thumbnail

In August controversy was in the air as the Dirty Dancing stage show fired its live musicians in favour of a backing track. Now the Musicians' Union urge its members to join in the protest.

26 Oct 2016 15:38
thumbnail

In recent times, the theft of musical instruments and gear seems to be more prevalent than ever. With this GPS guitar pedal, users can track their stolen equipment simply by logging in online on their phone or tablet.

24 Oct 2016 17:11

Recent Music News

thumbnail

Changing colour from its previous grey to a sleek black, the Launch Control XL's appearance has been re imagined to keep it inline with its Launch key and Launchpad counterparts.

7 Dec 2016 09:23
thumbnail

Designed to simulate various classic amp tones, Supro's Tremolo Pedal introduces the new school to the old school

6 Dec 2016 11:16
thumbnail

A premium belt-drive turntable that features wireless streaming, the BT-500 has been designed to extract every musical detail of your record collection

5 Dec 2016 15:00
thumbnail

With new windows drivers installed and great savings to be made on selected models, Focusrite are giving you more and more reasons to be merry this Christmas

1 Dec 2016 14:51
thumbnail

Straight from the 90's, the legendary synth has been given a modern makeover to make it more versatile than ever

1 Dec 2016 12:48
thumbnail

Those who purchase a Zen Tour, Zen Studio, Orion Studio, Orion 32, Orion 32 or Goliath interface will be eligible to receive a free copy of PreSonus' Studio One

30 Nov 2016 10:42