ROBBIE ESCAPES FURTHER DAMAGE(S)

But it's not all good news for the star...

A High Court judge in LONDON this morning (February 14) ruled that Robbie Williams does not have to pay further damages for WOODY GUTHRIE lyrics used on his track ‘JESUS IN A CAMPER VAN’.

An American music publisher, Ludlow Music, who own rights to Guthrie’s original, had attempted to claim all the profits from the track, which appears on Robbie Williams second album ‘I’ve Been Expecting You’. In October 2000, the High Court ruled that the Robbie Williams song, co-written with Guy Chambers, was a “parody” of Guthrie’s ‘I Am The Way’, and of an adaptation of the song by Loudon Wainwright III. Robbie Williams publishers, EMI and BMG, offered Ludlow 25% of the income from the song in recognition of this. Ludlow rejected the offer, claiming that it was entitled to all of the income from the song.

Mr Justice Pumfrey today ruled that Ludlow were only entitled to a 25% share of the song and were not due further punitive damages from Robbie Williams. The judge also ruled that any future copies of the album should be manufactured without the song on it.

However, it wasn’t all good news for Robbie Williams. Ludlow were awarded £50,000 share of profits from the track and Robbie Williams side were ordered to pay £50,000 towards Ludlow’s legal bills. With their own legal bills to come, Robbie Williams and his team are thought to be out of pocket by around &pound250,000.