Sex Pistols Johnny Rotten Loses Lawsuit Against Bandmates Over Danny Boyles Pistol FX Show

Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon – better known as his alter ego Johnny Rotten – has lost his battle against bandmates Steve Jones, the group’s guitarist, and drummer Paul Cook.

The decision means that Jones and Cook can license the band’s music for Danny Boyle’s FX adaptation of Jones’s memoir, “Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol” despite Lydon’s vetoe.

The legal wrangle revolved around a 1988 contract signed by Lydon, Jones and Cook that said licenses for the music could be granted by agreement from the majority of the band. Lydon argued the contract had never been adhered to and any request for licenses were therefore subject to members’ individual vetoes.

After taking the dispute to London’s High Court last month, a judge has now ruled that the contract is in force and that the majority of the band can overrule any individual member’s vetoe.

During the trial it emerged that Lydon had previously vetoed use of the band’s music in Netflix drama “The Crown” over concerns producers planned to “distort history.”

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