Published Mar 09, 2010Art-rock pioneers Pink Floyd are suing EMI for allegedly neglecting to pay the band for the sale of their songs online.
As CBC reports, the case revolves around the band's lawyer, Robert Howe, questioning the lawfulness of EMI selling the band's songs "unbundled," meaning separate from the band's full-length LPs. Howe argues that the sales are "expressly prohibited" by the band's contract, while EMI is arguing that the contract only applies to physical product, not online sales.
The lawsuit may be a landmark case, as it will set precedent for later cases surrounding the sale of digital music.
Pink Floyd signed to EMI over 40 years, way before the label was scrambling to make money in whatever way it can.