Rock band Pink Floyd has launched a High Court action in the UK against the EMI record label, involving music sold at the iTunes Store.
The case concerns how online royalties are to be calculated. Robert Howe, speaking for Pink Floyd, told “The Telegraph” (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/music-news/7405491/Pink-Floyd-take-on-EMI-in-court-battle-over-royalties.html) that it also involves EMI’s ”entitlement to sell individual tracks, or indeed any tracks, otherwise than in the original configuration of the Pink Floyd albums.”
Howe says a contractual clause ”expressly prohibited” what was referred to as ”unbundling” — the selling of tracks, either physically or online, ”other than in their original configuration.” Pink Floyd wants its albums sold intact. However, EMI argues that the prohibition ”applies only to the physical product and doesn’t apply online.”