COPYRIGHT/PERFORMERS’ RIGHTS
Artists

A female vocalist has won an out-of-court settlement for a piece of music recorded over 30 years ago. Clare Torry was paid £30 to perform on Pink Floyd’s 1973 album Dark Side of the Moon and was given a written credit at the time for her contribution to the track The Great Gig in the Sky. Torry has taken her claim to the High Court where she has won a half-share on copyright ownership on the song performed from Pink Floyd and EMI and a settlement. Ms Torry had employed a special wailing technique, recorded in a series of sessions, which effectively helped compose the track and it is this which would have been her contribution to the copyright. Dark Side of the Moon subsequently stayed in the charts for the next 26 years amassing sales of 36 million copies. The case is not the only dispute for Pink Floyd, after legal action last December from 23 members of the north London school choir who claimed they were due royalties from their performance on the worldwide hit, Another Brick in the Wall previously reported in Law Updates.

See: http://www.freelanceuk.com/news/1006.shtml