The long-running copyright dispute between the Rolling Stones and The Verve’s Richard Ashcroft is over.
The two camps became embroiled in a legal spat through The Verve’s 1997 track Bitter Sweet Symphony, which featured a string sample of Andrew Loog Oldham’s orchestral version of the Stones’ The Last Time.
A subsequent lawsuit brought by former Stones manager Allen Klein forced Ashcroft to pass on 100% of the royalties from the song to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
However, it’s emerged that Ashcroft recently appealed to the Rolling Stones duo directly, with the pair “unhesitatingly and unconditionally” agreeing to deal with the situation and hand the songwriting credit back to Ashcroft.
A spokesperson from the Rolling Stones said: (via Music Week): “Permission for the use of the recording was obtained but for whatever reasons at the time permission for the use of the song was overlooked.
“By the time the mistake was realised, a huge number of copies of the Urban Hymns album had been manufactured around the world and the record company were reluctant to scrap them.
“They were confident they would be able to do a deal with the publishers and convinced Richard to allow the release of the album as it stood. However Mr Allen Klein, the owner of ABKCO, was very protective of his copyright and the only deal that he was prepared to do involved Richard effectively signing away all of his rights in one of his most iconic songs including the total lyrical content.
“Of course there was a huge financial cost, but any songwriter will know that there is a huge emotional price greater than the money in having to surrender the composition of one of your own songs. Richard has endured that loss for many years.”
Responding to the news as he picked up an Ivor Novello award for Outstanding Contribution To British Music, Ashcroft said: “This remarkable and life-affirming turn of events was made possible by a kind and magnanimous gesture from Mick and Keith, who have also agreed that they are happy for the writing credit to exclude their names and all their royalties derived from the song they will now pass to me.”
Bitter Sweet Symphony was closely associated with the mid-90s Britpop era and picked up several awards and was nominated for many more – including a Grammy in the Best Rock Song category.
Explore eil.com… the world’s best online store for rare, collectable and out of print Vinyl Records, CDs & Music memorabilia since 1987.
EIL.COM Favourite Music Update Rare CDs, CD Singles, Rare Records, Vinyl Records, Albums and Music
- Rolling Stones - Emotional Rescue - Picture Sleeve - UK - 7" vinyl - £12.00, $16.32, €13.44 (Back In Stock) (arrived 08-Apr-2021 12:48)on April 11, 2021 at 5:14 am
ROLLING STONES Emotional Rescue (1980 UK 7" vinyl single with its intact four prong centre, also including Down In The Hole. The picture sleeve has some shelfwear to the edges and the vinyl remains in excellent condition RSR105)
- Rolling Stones - Some Girls - 180gram Vinyl - UK - vinyl LP - £20.00, $27.20, €22.40 (Back In Stock) (arrived 01-Apr-2021 08:38)on April 11, 2021 at 5:14 am
ROLLING STONES Some Girls (2010 UK limited edition digitally remastered LP issue of their classic 1978 10-track LP now pressed on 180gram Heavyweight Vinyl, including the singles Miss You, Beast Of Burden, Respectable and Shattered. Complete with the printed inner, this edition is housed within the NON die-cut picture sleeve featuring a 'photocopied' cover of the original censored version. The sleeve and vinyl are both like new)
- Rolling Stones - Get Off Of My Cloud - 1st (b) - UK - 7" vinyl - £25.00, $34.00, €28.00 (New Item) (arrived 29-Mar-2021 11:40)on April 11, 2021 at 5:14 am
ROLLING STONES Get Off Of My Cloud (1965 UK first press 7" vinyl single with four prong centre & label variant which has the composer credits below the titles in italic with the 'GEMA. Mirage Music Ltd' credit slightly rearranged. Also includes The Singer Not The Song, Decca company die-cut sleeve. A superb condition copy F.12263)
- Rolling Stones - 19th Nervous Breakdown - 1st [c] - UK - 7" vinyl - £20.00, $27.20, €22.40 (New Item) (arrived 29-Mar-2021 11:50)on April 11, 2021 at 5:14 am
ROLLING STONES 19th Nervous Breakdown (1966 UK 7" vinyl single with intact four prong centre, also including As Tears Go By [with Jagger, Richard, Oldham credit] & straight-lettered composer credits, Decca company die-cut paper sleeve. The vinyl on this copy remains in excellent condition with few signs of play F.12331)
- Rolling Stones - I Don't Know Why - W/R/H/H Credit - UK - 7" vinyl - £15.00, $20.40, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 29-Mar-2021 11:51)on April 11, 2021 at 5:14 am
ROLLING STONES I Don't Know Why (1975 UK 7" vinyl single with four prong centre & 'Wonder/Riser/Hunter/Hardaway' composer credit, also including Try A Little Harder, Decca company die-cut paper sleeve F.13584)