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EMI Cannot Unbundle Pink Floyd Songs 601

smooth wombat writes "Before the advent of iTunes and MP3s, EMI and Pink Floyd entered into a contract which stated that EMI could not unbundle individual songs from their original album settings. This was insisted upon by the members of Pink Floyd, who wanted to retain artistic control of their works, which they considered 'seamless' pieces of music. However, with the advent of digital downloads, EMI has been selling individual songs through its online store. Pink Floyd sued, claiming EMI was violating the contract, whereas EMI said the contract only applied to physical albums, not Internet sales. Judge Andrew Morritt backed the band, saying the contract protected 'the artistic integrity of the albums.' Judge Morritt also ruled EMI is 'not entitled to exploit recordings by online distribution or by any other means other than the complete original album without Pink Floyd's consent.'"
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EMI Cannot Unbundle Pink Floyd Songs

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  • Re:Emi (Score:5, Informative)

    by cmiller173 ( 641510 ) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @04:18PM (#31443276)
    College radio stations. I've listened to more new music since I started listening (5 years ago) to the local community college radio station than in the previous 43 years of my life. I mostly listen in my car but they do stream online as well at []
  • Support local music (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 11, 2010 @04:19PM (#31443290)

    Go out to your local clubs and see live music, played on real instruments, by real musicians.

  • Re:Emi (Score:5, Informative)

    by omfgnosis ( 963606 ) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @04:30PM (#31443554)

    I don't understand. You're sitting at a computer right now. There's plenty of ways to find stuff, free and legal, you just need to look around.

    But I will echo a couple of the answers you've already gotten: small act live shows and college radio. I can't emphasize small acts enough. You're not likely to find anything but the heavy rotation artists at the big stadium and theatre shows.

    When it comes down to it, it's mostly a question of how interested you are in finding good music.

  • by AliasMarlowe ( 1042386 ) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @04:31PM (#31443572) Journal
    It appears that EMI plans to continue selling single Pink Floyd tracks, effectively ignoring the ruling. Apparently, the judge merely said that what they were doing was against their contract, he did not explicitly tell EMI to stop doing it or that EMI would face any penalty for continuing.

    From the BBC article:

    An EMI statement said: "Today's judgment does not require EMI to cease making Pink Floyd's catalogue available as single track downloads, and EMI continues to sell Pink Floyd's music digitally and in other formats."

  • by FonzCam ( 841867 ) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @04:37PM (#31443704)
    Only 8 years to go until The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is set free (1967 so out of copyright in the UK Jan 1st 2018)
  • by Wuhao ( 471511 ) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @04:39PM (#31443720)
    Well, did you enter into a contract with Pink Floyd which states that you would listen to their albums in no manner other than an uninterrupted performance from start to finish? Otherwise, no, and it is puzzling why you would think otherwise.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 11, 2010 @04:47PM (#31443896)

    There was a single song I wanted to buy from a particular CD on Itunes. They wouldn't sell the individual tracks, requiring me to purchase the full album. I solved this problem by purchasing a used copy of the CD from Amazon. I got a cheaper price, higher quality, and as a bonus, I didn't support the record company!

    Word to the music industry: Sell me what i want, or I'll buy it from someone else!

  • Re:Makes no sense (Score:4, Informative)

    by Inf0phreak ( 627499 ) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @04:47PM (#31443904)
    That's because of compulsory licensing []. Artists have zero control over how radio stations decide to play their music.
  • by Trip6 ( 1184883 ) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @05:44PM (#31444928)

    unlimited supply e.m.i.
    there is no reason why e.m.i.
    i tell you it was all a frame e.m.i.
    they only did it 'cos of fame e.m.i.
    i do not need the pressure e.m.i.
    i can't stand those useless fools e.m.i.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 11, 2010 @05:58PM (#31445134)

    Those guys, even when they were young, made albums that were consolidated works of art. They didn't consist of a single surrounded by filler. Watch the documentary about The Dark Side of the Moon album on Netflix. Even today, as old as they are, they can pick up an instrument and play and you're transported back to listening to the album and the emotions you felt. There is meaning behind their music.

    No comparison between them and the garbage that is mass produced and lip sync'd on stage today.

    I would agree w/them too, in their case, yeah, if they have a contract to keep their songs together in an album for artistic reasons, I 100% agree and understand.

    I bought those CDs for a few popular tracks and discovered the rest of the music on the album and am happy they were packaged like they were.

  • by PCM2 ( 4486 ) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @06:32PM (#31445632) Homepage

    but it's still a disservice to their fans to not give them a legitimate avenue other than "buy a CD" (which for me personally would amount to maybe 20% to 30% of a Pink Floyd album that I actually like.

    Doesn't sound like you're much of a "fan" to me.

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