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Pink Floyd Sues Record Label Over Internet Music Royalties!!

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We wonder how this is going to work out, especially given the nature of the suit!!

Pink Floyd is currently in a legal battle with their label, EMI Group Ltd, over what kind of royalty payments they should be awarded in the age of digital music!!

The group's lawyer, Robert Howe, claims their contact prohibits selling tracks "otherwise than in the original configuration of the Pink Floyd albums," while EMI says the rule only covers their physical albums!!

C'mon, EMI!!

Just pay up - they've been with you since 1967, don't skeeve them over now!!

[Image via AP Images.]

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16 comments to “Pink Floyd Sues Record Label Over Internet Music Royalties!!”

  1. 1

    better cool out EMI The floyd will bring the Wall down on them…they can conjure up Bad Mojo

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  3. 3

    the stupid fuck *writing* this post heard the term skeeve when they picked up their last (uk) trick & thought it sounded cute eg: trick phoning friend after the dirty deed was done "yeah, it was some skeevey fat cvnt who wanted me to wear a blonde wig & a lobster on my head while I reamed him"

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  5. 5

    Pink Floyd were the best band of all time.

  6. 6

    Typical music label behavior.

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    Almost every artist and/or band you can think of have been shortchanged in the good old music biz! When folks who've sold more than a few units (Meat Loaf, "Bat Out Of Hell" over 10 million sold and Tom Scholz of Boston, debut over 10 million sold, just to name a couple) have had to sue to collect royalties owed, there's something really rotten in the state of music! AND, the digital era is for now a lot like the wild west, where most who don't want to pay for music that isn't offered for free can take it with little consequence. Don't expect much in the ways of progress and honesty, because 1: the majority of musicians aren't math geniuses who keep track of every penny they're owed (and their managers/agents/accountants/lawyers aren't all ethical either!) AND 2: the business always has and always will be run to a great extent by greedy hustlers who find ways to charge the talent for things they should not be required to pay. Lawsuits are time consuming and very expensive and, in the USA at least, having a "loser pays" system would help make things a bit more grounded in common sense and fair play!

  8. 8

    Re: IndyIndy – Exactly anything so they can make more money than the actual stars.

  9. 9

    “The music business is a cruel and shallow money
    trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and
    pimps run free, and good men die like dogs.
    There's also a negative side.” — Hunter S. Thompson

  10. 10

    They haven't 'been with EMI since 1967' - perhaps you are not aware of the famous Columbia years.

  11. 11

    absolutely the greatest band of all time. No other group comes close. Not surprised at all by the behavior of EMI either….nothing surprises me when it comes to shady dealings from the recording industry. The boys from Floyd are no strangers to having business deals go south either….They ran a loss on The Wall tour (only Richard Wright made any money on that tour) and Britannia Row (their recording studio) had it's fair share of ups and downs over the years as well….
    all that being said, they have for years now been rather smart with their business dealings and my guess is they have a pretty damn good idea what they're owed (and my guess is that they'll get it too). These fellows aren't your average smoked out blazed out 60's refugees….they're the floyd…and the three surviving members (Dave, Roger and Nick) are quite sharp intellectuals….

    If you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend 'inside out' the story of Pink Floyd (written by Nick Mason, the drummer) it's absolutely brilliant…

  12. 12

    this industry has to go down-no respect for arstists or music-always the same b.s.

  13. 13

    Hope that record company knows what they're dealing with!

  14. auds says – reply to this


    this is so lame… WHY would you have a contract that prohibits selling tracks besides on the actual album? emi needs to pay them for online sold tracks, but pink floyd needs to get out of the 70's and realize that most money for music is made thru online vendors!!

  15. 15

    That is pretty shady to say that they only meant physical albums. Technology changes and Pink Floyd should have also looked into that.

  16. @v@ says – reply to this


    Well, that's playing fast and loose with Pink Floyd's tunes. I guess EMI Group wants to push it until a court decides what's right. In my opinion, how can you ethically even question that Floyd should get paid here? Conditional ethics, imo.