Pink Floyd wins court battle with label

According to Reuters, British rock icons Pink Floyd won a suit in London t0day that will halt their record label EMI from “unbundling” albums like The Dark Side of the Moon and selling single songs online as individual downloads and ringtones.

The judge affirmed the band’s assertion that a contract clause to “preserve the artistic integrity of the albums” was valid and relevant to the case. The judge also ordered EMI to pay Pink Floyd’s estimated $90,000 in court costs, and refused the company permission to appeal.

Pink Floyd’s back catalog is reportedly the second most-valuable in the world, behind the Beatles.

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  • Derrick Decker


  • Jerry

    I’m torn about this. On one hand, no one should have to buy the whole album when all they want is one or two tracks. On the other hand, a band like Pink Floyd specializes in the album experience, and almost no one made better albums than them.

  • kim

    Well, back when these albums were first released, buying the whole album was the only option. So, if that is how they want their music distributed, fine!

  • Thomas

    How does anyone listen to one track on a Pink Floyd Album, by the way which one is Pink?

  • LOL

    Agreed, PF is all about the album experience. While I still think ppl should buy songs individually I do agree PF is all about the entire album.

  • Justin

    Why do they really care about making an extra 6 bucks for an album PF is the geatest buy i mean come on let people but a single if thats what they want.

  • john

    The real takeaway here is that labels don’t have the right to willy-nilly violate contract terms. If Pink Floyd can ever agree to disagree long enough to hammer out a single-song contract with someone, they still can. EMI, however, can’t. So the same idiots that sue YOU for ripping your album to your computer have been pirates themselves all along.

    • Jesse

      I like Pink Floyd and I am all for artistic integrity. That said, I think that the law suit was somewhat hypocritical and disingenuous considering the fact that the group has no problem with radio stations playing individual songs ‘out of context’ as well as performing individual songs in concert without presenting the entire album live and in sequence. Seems to be more about money (selling full albums as opposed to single tracks) than anything else. (And what about all of those greatest hits collections?)

  • AD

    But like john stated labels don’t have the right to willy-nilly violate contract terms. If they are continually allowed to violate the terms of a contract then the label (and im sure other labels will follow suit) that over a band is alright regardless if what the contract says. Its bad enough that the artists dont get the royalties they are rightfully entitled. Its about time that EMI is put in its place.

  • DC

    I have to read the news more often. Too bad they already settled this.

    Pink Floyd albums are an experience to themselves. The songs complement each other and are put on in a certain way to tell a story. Several musical groups tried this but PF made it a specialty.

    This experience is one reason I almost never put my PF music on my mp3 player. I usually set my player to random, and hearing certain songs from The Wall or Dark Side of the Moon, with out the other songs just never felt right.

    I would have suggested a compromise, where not all songs could be unbundled, but the ones that made substantial single sales could. This would mean that songs like Money and Learning to Fly could be purchased as singles, and the rest as albums. Newer fans then could listen to some of the songs and then buy the albums for the experience they are.

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