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White Stripes win royalties case
Meg White and Jack White
The White Stripes have released five albums
The White Stripes have won a legal case against a former producer who claimed a share in the band's royalties.

A Detroit federal jury rejected claims by Jim Diamond that he had helped create the band's signature sound.

The rock duo denied Mr Diamond, who worked on the band's self-titled 1999 debut album and 2000's De Stijl, had helped create their music style.

Stripes star Jack White said he was pleased with the verdict. Mr Diamond's lawyer was unavailable for comment.

White, one half of the band with drummer Meg White, told The Detroit News outside court: "You never know what's going to happen in a trial."

The trial began on Monday before US District Judge Avern Cohn. The eight-member panel took 20 minutes to reach a verdict on Thursday.


Mr Diamond was co-producer on the White Stripes album and sound mixer on De Stijl.

His lawyer, Stephen Wasinger, had argued that as Mr Diamond had a co-producer credit on the band's 1999 debut album, he was "at that time, in that place, equally talented".

The White Stripes' lawyer Bert Deixler argued that Mr Diamond's engineering work on the records did not amount to authorship.

"None of that constitutes originating an original work or causing it to come into being," said Mr Deixler.

The band said it had paid Mr Diamond $35 an hour for time at his Ghetto Recorder studio.

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