Pink Floyd takes EMI to court over online royalties -

Pink Floyd takes EMI to court over online royalties

Breakdown of albums into individual tracks among key concerns


Music fans have for years bemoaned the demise of the conventional album, as downloading (whether legal or not) has broken down records, which were meant to be listened to in sequence, into singular tracks. So too have musicians—not all of whom are willing to concede to this new reality without a fight. British classic rock group Pink Floyd is taking issue with the breakdown of their albums, among other things, in a court action against EMI. The case, launched before a High Court in England, concerns the calculation of online royalties, as well as EMI’s “entitlement to sell individual tracks, or indeed any tracks, otherwise than in the original configuration of the Pink Floyd albums,” says Robert Howe, the lawyer acting on behalf of the group. As legions of devout fans would attest, their Dark Side of the Moon, released in 1973, is, without question, an album that was intended to be listened to in its entirety.


Filed under:

Pink Floyd takes EMI to court over online royalties

  1. "Music fans have for years bemoaned the demise of the conventional album … has broken down records, which were meant to be listened to in sequence, into singular tracks."

    [ Citation needed ]

    Which music fans? What stops people from purchasing entire albums? What stops artists from building albums? Why does it matter how people buy the music? If people decide they don't care about listening to the entire album, isn't that their decision?

    The entertainment industry needs to learn that times have changed. Rather than continuing to morn the death of the 60's / 70's, learn what a great opportunity the Internet Age has created to content producers. You've never had this kind opportunity to interact and touch your fans. Embrace it!

    Throwing tantrums because things aren't like they used to be just makes you look like a bunch of spoiled children. But then, you guys are Baby Boomers aren't you? I guess the rest of us should expect it by now.

    • totally in agreement with the "what fans?" part.

      Utterly non-plussed by the availability of free, convenient product being an opportunity ($wise, obviously it is slightly easier to get people to listen to your stuff for free now).

      • 'Slightly?'

        It costs you absolutely nothing to reach new fans and good music will get talked about. Right now I'm sitting at work listening to Johnette Napolitano and Ida Maria on YouTube, who were recommended by people on BoingBoing. Guaranteed at least of couple of songs will be purchased.

        Information is everywhere. If your stuff is good, and people who actually care can find it, it'll get listened to.

    • It is something to bemoan. Things nowadays seem way too instant. One song, download, listen, next artist. Seems like it is near impossible for our generation to slow down and just appreciate things as they are, rather than always needing to move onto the next best thing lest we spend 5 minutes listening to a song we kinda like instead of 5 minutes of a song we just can't get enough of.

      Growing up with the internet for about half my life, I always long for the times before the internet, when news was slow, things were not instant, and people had to live in the moment rather than living for the next moment.

      It is something to bemoan. Just because you don't bemoan it personally does not mean someone else shouldn't.

      • "America has in fact transformed journalism from what it once was, the periodical expression of the thought of the time, the opportune record of the questions and answers of contemporary life, into an agency for collecting, condensing and assimilating the trivialities of the entire human existence, […] the frantic haste with which we bolt everything we take, seconded by the eager wish of the journalist not to be a day behind his competitor, abolishes deliberation from judgment and sound digestion from our mental constitutions. We have no time to go below surfaces, and as a general thing no disposition."

        This was written about the telegraph in 1891.

        The problem with people 'bemoaning' the good old days is that, as we can see here, there's always some jerk who hates change enough to try to make everyone else do it his way.

        • I agree that no one should be forced to do something a certain way, just because one person doesn't like the progress. I just think that maybe all of us have some reflecting to do, though at the same time, how can any one person truly decide to not be a part of the progress around us and not just get left behind…

          Still, it can be bemoanable

  2. all in all it was, just another brick in the wall