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- Posted on Mar 11th 2010 8:02AM by Julian Marszalek
In a landmark ruling, the court found in favour of Pink Floyd and ordered EMI to pay £40,000 ($60,000) in costs. The judge has yet to rule how much the beleaguered label is to pay in fines. In a further ruling, EMI has also been banned from selling Pink Floyd's music online.
The case came to court over a dispute about a clause in Pink Floyd's 1999 contract. Signed five years before the advent of legal downloads, EMI argued that clause allowed them to sell the band's music in any way that it saw fit. Pink Floyd's argument rested on the assertion that the clause -- "there are no rights to sell any or all of the records as single records other than with [Pink Floyd's] permission" -- included digital as well as physical formats.
Bands such as AC/DC and Garth Brooks have refused to make their music available via digital download stores, claiming that their albums are intended to be bought and consumed as an entire package and not as individual tracks.
It's a strategy that has clearly paid off for Pink Floyd. Their 1973 classic, 'Dark Side Of The Moon', contained no singles but has gone to sell over 35m copies worldwide.