Court claim begins over Sex Pistols music license spat.

Possibly one of the most influential bands in the 70’s, taking the punk scene by storm, the Sex Pistols are without doubt household names.

With hits such as God save the Queen and Anarchy in the UK, their music is easily recognised by fans.

The ownership of music and the control of that can be a subject under discussion for many bands after they split, most agreeing behind closed doors.

However, the dispute here involving the Sex Pistols has required the courts to step in.

Guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook have filed a claim against John Lydon for blocking the use of the band’s songs in a TV series.

The series, which is to be shown on Disney Plus, is a 6-part series and will focus on Steve Jones and his memoir. As part of this, they wish to include some of the band’s hits.

However, this has been blocked by John Lydon, known as Johnny Rotten. Lydon stated that he would not provide his consent to use the music unless he was ordered to do so by the Court.

The claim’s hearing at the High Court started this week, with Lydon’s representatives stating that it is his belief the book on which the series is based will put his client in a bad light, due to previous feuds.

Representatives for Jones and Cook have said that under the terms of a band agreement made in 1998, decisions regarding licensing requests could be determined on a “majority rules basis”.

They said in written evidence that Lydon was the only member of the band who was preventing the songs from being used as the former bassist Glen Matlock and the estate of the late Sid Vicious have confirmed their support for the licence.

We will keep our avid readers of the reading room updated as the matter unfolds.

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