Pink Floyd launch legal battle with EMI

Posted on 10 March 2010
By Pierce King
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Rock legends Pink Floyd have launched a High Court case against EMI over the calculation of online royalty payments and marketing of their back catalogue.

The band, whose Dark Side Of The Moon is one of the best-selling albums of all time, are seeking a ruling on two key issues.

The case concerns how online royalties are to be calculated.

Pink Floyd’s legal team are also concerned about EMI’s claims to ‘entitlement to sell individual tracks, or indeed any tracks, otherwise than in the original configuration of the Pink Floyd albums.’

The legal action centres around a clause ‘expressly prohibiting’ the ‘unbundling’ or the selling of tracks, either physically or online, ‘other than in their original configuration.’

EMI are arguing that the prohibition ‘applies only to the physical product and doesn’t apply online.’

Pink Floyd signed with EMI in 1967 and became one of its most lucrative signings, their back catalogue being outsold only by that of the Beatles.