British Judge Rules for Pink Floyd in Online Sales Dispute
In case you missed it, Pink Floyd, a group that prided itself on sculpting albums rather than individual songs, will continue to release its music online in such a matter. A British judge ruled yesterday that EMI Group Ltd. can only sell the band’s music in the full album format. The question before the court was whether a contract provision that limited EMI’s ability to issue the band’s recordings beyond the album form only applies to “physical product” (CDs, albums, etc.) or also relates to potential online sales. Justice Andrew Morritt issued a preliminary ruling which looks back at the band’s record contract and concludes, “There is nothing in the terms ‘album’ or ‘record’ to suggest they apply to the physical product only.” This for the immediate future Dark Side of The Moon, The Wall and all of the group’s work only will be sold in their original complete form.