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Pink Floyd Beats EMI Again!

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Another win!

Pink Floyd has successfully beaten their record company, EMI, in the courts over whether or not their music can be sold individually by track on-line!

As we've reported, the band has argued that a clause in their contract should prevent EMI for selling their songs separately, as it was signed in 1999, before digital downloads took off.

Their lawyer, Robert Howe, argues that his clients want to "know where they stand as a matter of contract" and is concerned that EMI's "entitlement to sell individual tracks, or indeed any tracks, otherwise than in the original configuration of the Pink Floyd albums" and that they're "wrongly exploiting" the group.

After they originally won their case in March, EMI appealed the decision, and now, the Court of Appeal has once again shut them down!


Sorry guys! If it's in their contract - you can't do it!

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16 comments to “Pink Floyd Beats EMI Again!”

  1. 1

    Sage legal commentary, Perez. "If it's in their contract, you can't do it." wow, that's just genius. As if contracts around these issues are that black and white. Why do you think this case has taken so long.

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    David Gilmour should be more concerned with his son being a complete twat and vandalising a war memorial!

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    Wow - talk about an empty victory. Do these idiots know they just shot themselves in the foot? These pompous and arrogant twats think by forcing EMI to sell only the complete album online, that their fans will be willing to pay $15 for that one or two tracks they want to hear. What will really happen is that they will push said fan to just go out and pirate the track they want, so both Pink Floyd and EMI will lose out. Just more idiots that can't get with the times.

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    Pink Floyd needs to realize that, although thier contract was made before 1999, the digital download customers were not. Lol who the hell wants a Pink Floyd album anymore? They would be lucky if kids hear thier song on a commercial and want to go to ITunes and download it. Noone is gonna be like "OMG I love that song, the album must be great". Thier gonna go to Wikipedia just to find out who the hell Pink Floyd is.

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    Re: JeremyLN – Pink Floyd is only one of the greatest bands to have ever made music. When I was a kid, I was buying their albums, so who's to say kids today aren't doing the same?
    Go back to listening to your pop music crap.

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    I know a lot of young adults who still listen to Pink Floyd. I tried to get into them (after all, Gilmour did influence and help get signed the woman in my avatar, Kate Bush), but they were not my thing. I do understand their point, though. They come from a different era, whem bands were more concerned about the concept of an album as a whole. They believe these albums were meant to heard in their entirety for a better experience. Nowadays, you have artists releasing albums with 10 different producers, and the albums never gel or flow, and people are handpicking the ones they like, which usually amounts to 2 or 3 songs from the whole album.

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    Re: Serena Loves Mario – LOL pop crap? No thanks, im from Texas, we dont do pop. We have country and bluegrass. Just becuase the were "OKAY" and I use that word loosely, back when everyone was drugged out, doesnt make them relivant today. Thier washed up and bitter old men. They need to be glad that someone would want to hear A song from them and stop trying to force entire albums on people. No matter what they try, they will not be relivant EVER again and need to let go of thie glory days when pot heads and hippes were too strung out to leave thier show.

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    Re: JeremyLN – Okay then, go back listening to your country crap and don't comment on things with which you aren't familiar. Maybe pick up a dictionary while you're at it.

  11. @v@ says – reply to this


    Money it's a crime
    Share it fairly but don't take a slice of my pie
    Money so they say
    Is the root of all evil today

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    Re: cockmeatsandwich – - Pink Floyd is not a band you download song by song. Their music is timeless, and even people who aren't that into them will say that. And for the rest of the people who don't know what they're talking about- what do you mean, washed up? When is the last time you were able to walk into any screen tee section of a major department store or retail chain and NOT see at least two different Dark Side of the Moon shirts?? Not only that, one of the old members was on Jimmy Fallon a few monthes back, so plenty of young people are still getting exposed to them.

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    Re: JeremyLN – I want to listen to them. I've listened to them since I was 9. Now I'm 17 and still love them to death. Sorry, but they will never be forgotten.

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    The Floyd have earned their fortunes and did so with the most karmically positive means possible - by acknowledging and rewarding fully those they worked with and respecting their fanbase. A band that will play songs written by a former member and spend 25+ years tracking down the schoolchildren who sang on "Another Brick in the Wall, part 2" to make sure they got paid for their efforts should be able to dictate how their music is distributed. It's not as if they need the money: they simply want fans to hear their albums as complete artworks, the way they were intended and written and produced.

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    Why would anyone ever want to listen to just one Pink Floyd song? They're concept albums where each part enhances each other part.

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    Re: PlayingTheAngel

    You're a fuckstick. I love Floyd, and even I have albums I wouldn't pay for the whole thing (had I not already owned the CD). Even The Wall has shit I could care less to hear. Just because the produce a few rock operas doesn't mean everyone and their brother wants to buy the whole thing. If I want to listen to just "Another Brick In the Wall", and I don't want to buy the whole album to get it, what do you think I'm going to do to obtain that song if I don't have it? I'm going to pirate it you dolt.