Pink Floyd won a ruling at the High Court today which will bar record company EMI selling single downloads from their concept albums.
Chancellor Sir Andrew Morritt accepted arguments by the group that EMI was bound by a contract forbidding it to sell its records other than as complete albums without written consent.
The judge said the purpose of a clause in the contract was to “preserve the artistic integrity of the albums”.
Pink Floyd alleged and EMI agreed that it had allowed online downloads from the albums and had allowed parts of tracks to be used as ringtones.
The record company had argued that the contract related only to physical records and not to online distribution.
Dear EMI, no, you do not get to redefine contracts as you please. Fuck off.