Last year, it was announced that FX was making a brand new drama series called “Pistol”, which is based on a memoir by the former guitarist of “The Sex Pistols” Steve Jones.
However, the series ran into some legal issues when the former frontman John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) tried to block the use of the songs of the band, stating that songs couldn’t be licensed without his consent. Resulting in former bandmates, Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook suing John Lydon, to legally use the songs in the series, as they made an agreement in 1998, that allowed for them to do so, if they had a majority decision.
On Monday, a British Judge ruled that songs by “The Sex Pistols” can be used in the upcoming FX series.
Last month during the high court sessions, John Lydon had said that he “heart and soul” opposed the music’s use in a show he considered to be “nonsense.” As he has previously expressed concerns the series will show him in a negative light.
Judge Anthony Mann agreed the pair were entitled to invoke “majority voting rules” as outlined in the band agreement. The Judge also said that Lydon’s claim of not being aware of the details or implications of the agreement that he had signed was “a convenient contrivance.”
“I reject the suggestion made by him that he did not really know or appreciate its effect”.
Steve Jones and Paul Cook said in a statement:
“We welcome the court’s ruling in this case. It brings clarity to our decision making and upholds the band members’ agreement on collective decision making. It has not been a pleasant experience, but we believe it was necessary to allow us to move forward and hopefully work together in the future with better relations.”
“Pistol” is set to be directed by Danny Boyle and will be released in 2022 on FX on Hulu in the United States and as a Star Original on Disney+ internationally.
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