The star wants to legally remove herself from her "unconscionable" and "excessively long term" contract with Universal/Geffen...

COURTNEY LOVE has been given leave to proceed with an action against UNIVERSAL/GEFFEN RECORDS to legally remove herself from her “unconscionable” and “excessively long term” contract with them.

The US Court of Appeals for California has rejected a petition from the company which had sought to bar Love from taking the action to court, Billboard reports.

A section of the suit from Love challenges a section of Californian Labour Code that says all entertainers and workers in California, except recording artists, have the right to terminate a personal service contract after seven years. The clause, which applies to recording artists, was secured in 1987 by record companies, making artists liable for albums still owed to labels after seven years with them.

A court date has been set for June 11. If Love wins it will be a watershed case and open the way for many more artists to do the same.