BBC Wins Archival Case

A federal bankruptcy judge on February 14th ruled in favor of the British Broadcasting Corp. against Mick Fleetwood-owned Bee Load Ltd., which accused the Beeb of reneging on an agreement that allowed the broadcaster to release CDs of archived radio performances.

Among the archival programming are shows featuring Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Elton John.

Bee Load argued that the BBC suffered from seller’s remorse after entering into a contract with Bee Load, which was set up by Fleetwood and his accountant.

Judge James Haines ruled that the BBC did nothing illegal when it severed an agreement with Bee Load, which has filed for protection under U.S. bankruptcy laws.

The company listed Portland, Maine, where the case was heard, as its primary place of business.