Duran Duran Responds to Fan Club Lawsuit

(R-L) Roger Taylor, Nick Rhodes, Simon Le Bon and John Taylor of Duran Duran arrive at amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 23, 2013 in Cap d'Antibes, France.
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'The lawsuit is not against its loyal fans but simply seeks to protect its rights against the company that formerly managed its fan club,' a statement reads.

Duran Duran found itself amidst controversy when reports surfaced that the popular '80s band was suing its own fan club. On Thursday (July 24), the band issued a statement assuring it meant no harm to its loyal followers.

The message on Duran Duran's official web site reads: "Duran Duran value and respect their many fans around the world and feel compelled to correct the media's misrepresentation of its lawsuit against Worldwide Fan Clubs, Inc. The Band emphatically states that the lawsuit is not against its loyal fans but simply seeks to protect its rights against the company that formerly managed its fan club. Duran Duran have now brought their official fan community in-house and continue to make every effort to provide the highest level of service."

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In other words, Simon Le Bon and company aren't taking their loyal followers to court, just the company that used to manage those in the club.

According to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times, Duran Duran entered a 2010 contract allowing the fan club to collect memberships and sell merchandise, with the band collecting 75 percent of profits and Worldwide Fan Clubs picking up the remainder.