Doyle and McPhail lose boy band Busted battle

July 2008

Artists, music publishing

Ki McPhail and Owen Doyle, who claimed claimed that they had been forced to sign away royalty rights worth £10 million (E12.4 million) after “threats” and “undue pressure” when they were sacked from the band in 2001 have lost their claim in the High Court in London. The pair claimed that they were owed the money for songs they had co-written with James Bourne and Matt Willis when the group formed earlier that year including the massive Year 3000 and That’s What I Go To School For. Mr Justice Morgan dismissed all their claims and criticised the evidence they gave in court saying of McPhail “If he did believe the evidence he gave to the court, it can only be because he has indulged in very extensive self-serving reconstruction in the period between the relevant events and the time of the trial and has now convinced himself that his reconstructed version of events really happened” adding that Doyle was “not a reliable witness” who “manifested a high degree of confusion and a failure to grasp the detail in relation to many of the significant events.” McPhail and Doyle then issued a statement that they were “disappointed” with the High Court ruling, but that they would continue to “fight for justice” and take the case to appeal. The statement also added that while the duo lost the case, as a result of the court hearing they will be recredited as co-authors of some of the early Busted hits, including ‘What I Go To School For’, something which, they pointed out, had not been widely reported following the judge’s ruling on the case last week

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