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Monday, August 23, 2021

John Lydon Loses Lawsuit Against Bandmates

In recent news, John Lydon has lost the lawsuit he was fighting against his bandmates from Sex Pistols. 

The former drummer of the punk band, Paul Cook, along with Steve Jones, the guitarist, had been stuck in a High Court battle with their former bandmate. Lydon had previously performed in Sex Pistols by using the name Johnny Rotten. The legal battle had ensued between the bandmates, because Cook and Jones had wanted to use the songs they made together in an upcoming TV drama, Pistol. It is being made by Disney and Danny Boyle has been appointed to direct it. 

Lydon claimed that his bandmates could not use his tracks without receiving consent from him first. However, the other two argued that they had formed an agreement in the year 1998, which allowed them to use it. As per the band member agreement (BMA), a majority of the members of the group are responsible for settling any issues regarding the licensing of the music made by the Sex Pistols. 

While giving a ruling in court on Monday, Sir Anthony Mann stated that the pair had the right to invoke the rules of majority voting against the 65-year-old, when it comes to using the music made by Sex Pistols. Any music from the series can be used by levying the rules of the band member agreement. 

On the 21st of July, Lydon made an appearance in court. At the time, he argued that the BMA had not been used to make decisions regarding anything ever since 1998. He went on to insult the mini-series on Disney, saying that he believed it to be disrespectful. 

According to the 65-year-old, he could not understand how his two former bandmates were insisting that he give consent for something that he does not want to. He made it clear that he does not want to be involved with the mini-series in any way. 

However, Edmund Cullen QC, the representative for Cook and Jones, alleged that Lydon was only giving false evidence to ensure that the court ended up making a decision in his favor. This prompted the singer to ask the attorney to point out exactly how and where he had tried to portray false evidence. 

Cullen went on to inform the court in the week-long court proceedings that an original member of the Sex Pistols, Glen Matlock, supported the position of Cook and Jones. He added that Matlock fully supported the position being taken by the two, as well as the series on Disney. According to the lawyer, he has written submissions from the now deceased Sid Vicious’ estate, which back the wishes of the drummer, as well as the guitarist. 

The TV drama to be released on Disney contains six parts and is scheduled to be aired in the year 2022. It is based on a memoir written by Jones in 2016, titled Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol.

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