Duran Duran lose legal battle for US rights to top songs

Members of Duran Duran, (left to right) Nick Rhodes, Simon Le Bon and Roger Taylor. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Members of Duran Duran, (left to right) Nick Rhodes, Simon Le Bon and Roger Taylor. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

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Members of pop group Duran Duran have lost a High Court battle over US rights to some of their most famous songs.

They failed to fight off a bid by major publishers Gloucester Place Music, ultimately owned by US business Sony/ATV, to prevent them terminating copyright agreements related to their first three albums.

A judge ruled English laws of contract barred them from seeking to reclaim rights over their own works.

The case is expected to have implications for other UK songwriters.

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