A federal judge in Detroit has ruled that the White Stripes do not have to hare royalties with the producer who worked on the band’s first two albums. As previously reported, Jim Diamond, credited as a co-producer of the duo’s 1999 debut album and as a sound mixer on the 2000 long player ‘De Stijl’, argued he was integral in creating the White Stripes sound and should therefore get a share of the royalties of the early releases.
Jack and Meg White, however, played down the importance of Diamond’s role in those early recordings, implying that the credits given to Diamond on those releases were more kind gestures than any recognition of the producer’s creative role in creating their music. Their lawyer told the court earlier this week that, while the duo recognised Diamond had done some work on their first two albums, “none of that constitutes originating an original work or causing it to come into being”.
Judges deliberated for just 20 minutes before reaching its decision yesterday. Speaking outside the court, Jack White told reporters that he was pleased with the result, adding: “You never know what’s going to happen in a trial”. No word as yet from Diamond’s people on the decision.