Sex Pistols In Legal Battle Over Music Licensing For New Series

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Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon is in a massive legal battle with two of his former band members.

Lydon has said that unless he is ordered to do so in court, he will not approve the use of the band’s music in Pistol, Danny Boyle’s forthcoming TV series about the band. 

The band’s guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook are suing Lydon over the issue.

Pistol is based on Lonely Boy, Jones’s 2016 memoir. Mark Cunningham, lawyer for Lydon, says the book paints his client in a “hostile and unflattering light”.

According to Edmund Cullen, who is representing Jones and Cook, the relationship between the former band members was “bitter and fractious”. Cullen says that they have been unable to resolve their differences.

Former bassist Glen Matlock and the estate for Sid Vicious have already agreed to allow the use of the band’s music in Boyle’s series, which will be broadcast on Disney+. Cullen said this should mean the music can be used, as per a band agreement made in 1998 that says decisions regarding licensing requests could be determined on a “majority rules basis”.

Shooting commenced on the six-part series earlier this year. Frank Cottrell-Boyce is writing the series alongside Craig Pearce. Actors for the series include Maisie Williams as punk icon Jordan and Toby Wallace, recently seen in Australian film Babyteeth, will play Steve Jones. Newcomer Anson Boon is to play John Lydon.

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Written by Jackson Miller


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