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One of rock music's most famous injustices has finally been resolved. The song was embroiled in a legal battle shortly after its release, as it samples an orchestral version of The Stones' song The Last Time. Speaking as he received a lifetime achievement prize at the Ivor Novello Awards, Ashcroft announced: "As of last month, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards ed over all their publishing for Bitter Sweet Symphony, which was a truly kind and magnanimous thing for them to do.

As a result, all future royalties for the song will now go to Ashcroft. The singer acknowledged that it was the Rolling Stones' late Bittersweet symphony england, Allen Klein, who had been responsible for the situation, rather than the musicians themselves. He went on to thank Jagger and Richards for acknowledging he was responsible "for this [expletive] masterpiece".

According to Rolling Stone magazinethe royalty dispute arose in when The Verve sought permission to sample a short, staccato string sequence from the symphonic version of The Last Time, recorded in by the Andrew Oldham Orchestra. The Stones agreed to a five-note segment in exchange for 50 percent of the royalties, but Klein claimed the Verve voided the agreement by using a larger portion of the song.

The bitterest pill came when the song was nominated for a best song Grammy - with Jagger and Richards' names on the ballot. Asked in if he believed The Verve had been treated fairly, the Stones' guitarist replied: "I'm out of whack here, this is serious lawyer [stuff]. However, he added: "If the Verve can write a better song, they can keep the money. One unexpected benefit is that the singer can once again enjoy international football. So I can sit back and watch England In a statement, The Rolling Stones acknowledged that Ashcroft had been denied the rights to "one of his most iconic songs, including the lyrical content" for more than two decades.

Richard has endured that loss for many years. Ashcroft picked up the outstanding contribution prize at Thursday's Ivor Novello Awards, which recognise achievement in songwriting. Grime pioneer Wiley received the "inspiration" prize and instantly handed it over to Bittersweet symphony england father, the reggae musician Richard Cowie.

Socially-conscious punk band Idles won album of the year, while The took home two prizes - songwriters of the year and best contemporary song for the state-of-the-nation pop anthem Love It If We Made It. Songwriters of the year - The Special international award - Mariah Carey. Inspiration award - Wiley. Best song musically and lyrically. Best contemporary song. PRS For Music most performed work.

Best album. Best original film score. Best television soundtrack. Best original video game score. International achievement - Deep Purple. Outstanding song collection - Dido. Outstanding contribution - Richard Ashcroft. Ivors Jazz Award - Django Bates. If you have a story suggestion entertainment. Protest music dominates songwriting awards. The bag top awards at the Brits. The situation rankled The Verve for years. Protest music dominates songwriting awards Ryan Tedder slams 'ludicrous' copyright cases.

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The Bitter Sweet Symphony dispute is over