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Johnny Rotten loses High Court battle to stop Sex Pistols songs being used in new TV series


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Former Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten has lost a High Court battle with his ex-bandmates to stop the band’s music being used in a new TV show about the group.

The punk group’s former drummer Paul Cook and guitarist Steve Jones had been wanting to use the music – but Rotten (real name John Lydon) had opposed the move.

In a court ruling handed down by the High Court on Monday, Sir Anthony Mann found Mr Cook and Mr Jones were entitled to involve “majority voting rules” against their bandmate.

The six-part series is based on Jones’ memoir and directed by Danny Boyle, is due to be released next year by Disney.

Mr Jones and Mr Cook argued that under the terms of a band member agreement made in 1998, decisions regarding licensing requests can be determined on a “majority rules basis”.

But Mr Lydon, who has said he thinks the series is the “most disrespectful shit I’ve ever had to endure”, argued that licences cannot be granted without his consent.

His lawyers told the court the agreement had not been used and he considers it a “nuclear button” for the claimants to “impose their wishes” on him.

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They said he had a “deep-felt and passionate aversion to becoming a ‘prisoner’ of a hostile majority” and in his evidence to the court, Mr Lydon said the agreement “smacks of some kind of slave labour”.

Lawyers acting for Mr Cook and Mr Jones argued that Mr Lydon breached the agreement by refusing to consent.

 Sky News

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