The White Stripes win court battle

Published: 2006-06-19
A Detroit jury has sided with the White Stripes in a royalties lawsuit against former co-producer and engineer Jim Diamond.

According to MTV, Diamond owns the studio where the first two White Stripes albums, 1999's The White Stripes and 2000's De Stijl were recorded. He is listed as a co-producer and engineer on the band's self titled release and a mixer on their sophomore record.

In April, Diamond sued the duo for ownership of copyrights to the two albums claiming that he helped shape the White Stripes' sound. On June 15th it took only 20 minutes for eight jurors in Detroit to decide he did not.

According to MTV, "During closing arguments Thursday morning, the band's lawyers recognized Diamond's technical skills as an engineer, but likened his role with the White Stripes to that of a carpenter following a blueprint. The duo had paid Diamond $35 per hour for studio time at Ghetto Recorders."

The White Stripes are currently on a bit of a break while Jack White works with his new band the Raconteurs.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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