White Stripes royalties trial begins

A former producer takes on the duo

The White Stripes court battle with a producer who claims the duo owe him royalties began in Detroit yesterday (June 12).

James Diamond, the co-producer on Jack and Meg White’s 1999 eponymous debut and sound mixer on 2000’s follow-up ‘De Stijl’, says he is owed the cash for helping shape the band’s career.

Diamond is looking for royalties in relation to the sessions, “ownership interest” in relation to the master recordings, and an entitlement to future profits.

A spokesperson for the band’s management told NME.COM last year that they considered the action “without merit”, saying the band intended to “vigorously and successfully defend this action.”

According to the court papers, Diamond co-produced the sessions by providing “additional artistic suggestions, supervision and contributions”.

Jack and Meg deny that they owe Diamond royalties and claim that he was paid the fair rate of $35 an hour for his time in the Detroit studio.

The trial, presided over by Judge Avern Cohn, is expected to last about a week.