As previously reported, 30 Seconds To Mars are being sued by Virgin Records for failing to produce a new record.
According to frontman Jared Leto, it’s a little more complicated than that.
He explained, "We had been signed to our record contract for nine years. Basically, under California law, where we live and signed our deal, one cannot be bound to a contract for more than seven years. This is widely known by all the record companies and has been for years. In fact, so aware of it are they that they desperately try to make deals outside of California whenever possible. It is a law that protects people from lengthy, unfair, career-spanning contracts. This law also gave us the legal right to explore other possible opportunities."
Leto also went on to explain that the band wasn't being sued for not delivering music, saying "We have been sued by the corporation quite simply because roughly 45 days ago, we exercised our legal right to terminate our old, out-of-date contract, which, according to the law is null and void. We terminated for a number of reasons, which we won't go into here."
Sir Leto damned the label for going public with the suit too. "We did not want to take this public, but we felt it best to explain our point of view to you, our friends and fans, in hope that you can better understand our point of view. We would always do our best to avoid a fight, but sometimes it's important to stand up for what you believe in. We hope that by doing what's right, we can help to change things for the better, for ourselves and possibly others."