Page last updated at 17:31 GMT, Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Pink Floyd take EMI to court

Pink Floyd in 1967
Pink Floyd in 1967, the year they signed to EMI

Rock band Pink Floyd have launched legal action against record label EMI over payment of online royalties and the marketing of their music.

The group, signed to EMI since 1967, are disputing the way payments for their digital sales are calculated.

They are also seeking a ruling on whether the label can sell individual tracks from their original albums.

Pink Floyd did not appear at the first hearing of what is expected to be a lengthy case.

Their lawyer, Robert Howe QC, told the court that the musicians wanted "to know where they stand as a matter of contract".

Mr Howe said EMI contend that the sale of individual tracks from albums "only applies to the physical product and does not apply online".

He added that the practice "makes no commercial sense" and contravenes agreements signed by both parties.

Pink Floyd's back catalogue is the most lucrative in pop music apart from that of The Beatles.

Print Sponsor

Rare Pink Floyd footage is found
02 Dec 09 |  Entertainment
Gilmour plays Pink Floyd tribute
24 Sep 08 |  Entertainment


Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2019 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific