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Rolling Stones and The Verve end ‘bittersweet’ dispute

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The battle for the copyrights of the song “Bittersweet Symphony”, from the former British pop band The Verve, seems after more than twenty years finally settled. The Rolling Stones have waived all future royalties and rights to that number.

The song “Bittersweet Symphony” was the occasion for a the most high-profile discussions around copyrights in the music history. The britpopband The Verve scored in 1997, a huge hit with the song, but never a cent earned. The number contained an important sample of a custom, orchestral version of the song ‘The last time’ by The Rolling Stones.

That gave rise to a fierce dispute, which The Verve was forced to have all of the rights to the song. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones and apply, consequently, also officially as the authors of the song.

Richard Ashcroft, former lead singer of The Verve, Thursday at the British press have let us know that 22 years later, a new solution is found for the issue.

‘Last month, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards the rights to Bittersweet Symphony paid’, as he says, the musician magazine NME. “All royalties from the song arise, are now to me, it sounds still. “It was a very kind and generous act of them.”

According to BBC News comes up with this scheme to an end ‘one of the best-known injustices of the rock’. The American music magazine Rolling Stone has noted that The Verve in 1997, indeed permission had been given for the use of the sample. But the former Stones manager Allen Klein stepped to the right, because he found that in the sample more than agreed upon, and demanded, with success, the full proceeds of the hit single.

According to BBC News would be the son of the passed away in 2009 All Small and the current manager of The Rolling Stones have agreed to relinquish the rights.