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Furious: The band’s Nick Rhodes, Simon Le Bon and Roger Taylor

Furious: The band’s Nick Rhodes, Simon Le Bon and Roger Taylor

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Furious: The band’s Nick Rhodes, Simon Le Bon and Roger Taylor

Members of pop group Duran Duran have reacted with shock and anger after losing a High Court battle over US rights to some of their most famous songs.

They expressed outrage after a judge ruled publishers Gloucester Place Music, ultimately owned by US business Sony/ATV, were entitled to court orders preventing the band serving notices to terminate copyright agreements related to three albums.

The notices were served under US copyright laws that give songwriters "an inalienable right" to call for a reversion of copyright after 35 years. But Gloucester Place argued the members breached publishing agreements by serving notices related to the three albums.

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