Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten loses judgment in UK against bandmates for using music in upcoming TV series

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Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon’s request to ban the use of the band’s songs in an upcoming TV series was rejected by a judge in Britain on Monday after Lydon was sued by the former Pistols guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook.

A British judge ruled that the songs of punk pioneers, the Sex Pistols, could be used in an upcoming TV series despite opposition from former frontman Lydon.

Lydon – also known as Johnny Rotten – tried to block the use of music in a Disney-backed series called “Pistol,” which is based on a memoir by Jones and told the High Court last month that he “opposed in heart and soul” the use of music in a performance which he considered “nonsense”.

He has previously expressed his fears that the series will cast him in a negative light.

Lydon argued that the songs could not be licensed without his consent, however, Cook and Jones claimed in court hearings that a deal initially canceled in 1998 allowed a majority decision.

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A British judge ruled on Monday that the songs of punk pioneers, the Sex Pistols, could be used in an upcoming TV series despite opposition from former frontman John Lydon.
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A British judge ruled on Monday that the songs of punk pioneers, the Sex Pistols, could be used in an upcoming TV series despite opposition from former frontman John Lydon.
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UK High Court Judge Anthony Mann sided with Cook and Jones and said the couple had the right to invoke “majority voting rules” as stated in the group’s agreement.

He added that Lydon’s claim that he was unaware of the details or implications of the deal he signed was “a practical trick.”

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“I reject the suggestion made by him that he didn’t know about it or really didn’t like the effect,” the judge said.

Cook and Jones welcomed the decision. They said that the legal battle “was not a pleasant experience, but we believe it was necessary for us to move forward and hopefully to work together in the future with more. better relations “.

The surviving members of the Sex Pistols recently reunited for several concerts in 2008. John Lydon, pictured, attends the BMI Awards at The Dorchester on October 15, 2013 in London, England.

The surviving members of the Sex Pistols recently reunited for several concerts in 2008. John Lydon, pictured, attends the BMI Awards at The Dorchester on October 15, 2013 in London, England.
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“Pistol” is produced for the Disney FX affiliate and is directed by Danny Boyle, Oscar-winning director of “Trainspotting” and “Slumdog Millionaire”.

Lydon’s attorney, Mark Cunningham, had previously said in written arguments that Jones’ memoir portrayed the singer “in a hostile and unflattering light”, at one point describing Johnny Rotten as “the boring little kid with the big one. bone structure that always asks for more “.

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Formed in London in 1975, the Sex Pistols energized and outraged the British music scene with songs such as “God Save the Queen” and “Anarchy in the UK”

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The band broke up in 1978 after releasing an album, and bassist Sid Vicious died the following year. The surviving members have reunited for several concerts, most recently in 2008.

Former Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook sue singer Johnny Rotten for the right to use the band's songs in an upcoming TV series

Former members of the Sex Pistols, guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook, are suing frontman Johnny Rotten for the right to use the band’s songs in an upcoming “Pistol” TV series about lawless punk icons, based on a memoir by Jones.
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“Mr. Lydon was not shy about describing his difficult relationship with the other members – difficult in different ways with different members – and this persisted even during their return tours in the 1990s and 2000s,” the judge said. “It persists today.”

The Associated Press contributed at the top of this report.

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