New Order today announced that it has reached a “full and final settlement” to end the band’s long-running legal disputes with its former bassist Peter Hook over the royalties Hook has received since 2011 and his own use of “various New Order and Joy Division assets.”
The band announced the settlement on its website, and did not disclose cash terms of any deal made with Hook. For his part, Hook has not commented publicly on the settlement.
— New Order (@neworder) September 20, 2017
Hook, who last played with New Order in 2006, sued his former bandmates in 2015, alleging Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert had set up a new company in 2011 to control the New Order brand and had left him largely out of the profits generated by the group.
New Order responded that Hook “receives his full share of all back catalog royalties,” and took issue with his use of New Order and Joy Division assets in promoting his own Peter Hook & The Light concerts, which feature Hook and his new band exclusively performing material from those two groups.
“The Joy Division and New Order names mean a great deal to so many of the fans, and the band felt it important to protect the legacy,” New Order writes in its statement. “With these issues now dealt with, Bernard, Stephen and Gillian can continue to do what they do best, make music and perform live.”
In 2013, after much wrangling, New Order released Lost Sirens, a collection of songs left over from the sessions for 2005’s Waiting For the Sirens’ Call. It would be the group’s final album to feature Hook’s bass playing. In 2015, New Order released Music Complete, its first post-Hook, and still most-recent, album.
Here’s the full New Order statement on the settlement:
New Order announce that today, a full and final settlement has been reached in the long running disputes with their former bassist Peter Hook.
The disputes were based upon Hook’s use of various New Order and Joy Division assets on merchandising and in the promotion of shows by his new band, and the amount of money he receives from the use of the name New Order by his former colleagues since 2011.
The Joy Division and New Order names mean a great deal to so many of the fans, and the band felt it important to protect the legacy.
With these issues now dealt with, Bernard, Stephen and Gillian can continue to do what they do best, make music and perform live.
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