Legal Battle Over Prince Song Continues as Paisley Park, Estate Want Single Taken Down

Legal Battle Over Prince Song Continues as Paisley Park, Estate Want Single Taken Down Photo: KSTP/File

April 25, 2017 06:46 PM

Paisley Park and Prince's estate are seeking more legal action against sound engineer and mixer George Ian Boxill, who released songs by the late artist last week.

The parties filed a motion for a preliminary injunction Tuesday, asking that Boxill and his associates take down the single, "Deliverance," which is still available online via Deliverance.is.

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A federal judge granted an emergency hearing on Wednesday in the lawsuit, which claims Boxill violated a contract with the late pop star and illegally possessed recordings he produced with Prince. The judge ruled overnight that a restraining order against Boxill was necessary, ordering Boxill take down the six-song album, "Deliverance." 

The album was available Wednesday on Apple Music and another website, but Apple removed the song later in the day. Thursday morning the songs were still available for purchase on PrinceRogersNelson.com, which is no longer an active website. 

However, the recording studio issued a statement from its lawyer Thursday saying "Deliverance" was not included in the judge's order. 

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At the emergency hearing last week, Boxill's lawyers argued Prince never signed the contract, deeming it void.  

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Tuesday's filing asks that Boxill and Rouge Music Alliance, LLC, as well as Deliverance, LLC, must stop "publishing or otherwise disseminating any recordings that compromise the work of Prince Rogers Nelson that are alleged to be within the scope of Confidentiality Agreement between Boxill and Paisley Park Enterprises." 

The estate and Paisley Park want to see an end to the "promotion, sale, and distribution of the song entitled Deliverance."

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The filing also asks Boxill "immediately deliver" all "recordings, analog and digital copies, and any derivative works."

The album and single release coincided with the one-year anniversary of Prince's death on Friday. 

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