Pink Floyd win EMI court battle
Published 11/03/2010 | 14:31
Pink Floyd have won a ruling at the High Court which may mean EMI will have to stop selling single downloads from their concept albums.
Chancellor Sir Andrew Morritt accepted arguments by the group that EMI was bound by a contract forbidding it to sell its records other than as complete albums without written consent.
The judge said the purpose of a clause in the contract was to "preserve the artistic integrity of the albums".
Sir Andrew granted the band the declaration they sought - that the contract means EMI is not entitled to exploit recordings by online distribution or by any other means other than the complete original album without Pink Floyd's consent.
A spokesperson for EMI claimed the judgment did not require EMI to cease making Pink Floyd's catalogue available as single track downloads, and it would continue to sell the group's music digitally and in other formats.
"The litigation has been running for well over a year and most of its points have already been settled.
"This week's court hearing was around the interpretation of two contractual points, both linked to the digital sale of Pink Floyd's music. There are further arguments to be heard and the case will go on for some time.
"We're huge fans of Pink Floyd, whose great catalogue we have been representing for more than 40 years and continue to represent exclusively and internationally."
Pink Floyd alleged and EMI agreed that it had allowed online downloads from the albums and had allowed parts of tracks to be used as ringtones.
The record company had argued that the contract related only to physical records and not to online distribution.