There will doubtless be rivulets of smeared eyeliner and many runny noses at the news that Duran Duran have lost a copyright case, because they’re British.
Duran Duran has lost a High Court fight to reclaim the US rights to some of their back-catalogue (including the albums “Duran Duran”, “Rio” and “Seven the Ragged Tiger” [...read more]
Simon Le Bon blasted this instance of hitherto unheard of music industry ‘imperialist, corporate greed‘ as follows:
What artist would ever want to sign to a company like SonyATV as this is how they treat songwriters with whom they have enjoyed tremendous success for many years?
We issued termination notices for our copyrights in the US believing it simply a formality. After all, it’s the law in America. SonyATV has earned a tremendous amount of money from us over the years. Working to find a way to do us out of our rights feels like the ugly and old-fashioned face of imperialist, corporate greed.
I thought the acceptability of this type of treatment of artists was long gone – but it seems I was wrong. SonyATV’s conduct has left a bitter taste with us for sure, and I know that other artists in similar positions will be as outraged and saddened as we are. We are hopeful this judgment will not be allowed to stand.”
Demonstrations are expected to begin outside the High Court, at some point in the distant future when people find it within their hearts to care again.