White Stripes Win Royalties Suit

The White Stripes claimed a victory today in a suit filed against them by a producer who worked on their first two albums and claims to have been instrumental in creating the pair’s signature sound. A federal jury in U.S. District Court in Detroit decided Jack and Meg White do not owe money to Jim Diamond who has a co-production credit on the band’s 1999 self-titled album and a sound mixer credit on 2000’s De Stijl, according to reports. The White Stripes’ lawyer, Bert Deixler, argued Diamond’s engineering works did not constitute “originating an original work or causing it to come into being,” which suggests he did not meet the standard for authorship and was not owed royalties.

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