April 19, 2017 07:27 PM
A federal judge did not issue a ruling Wednesday on a temporary restraining order filed against George Ian Boxill, a sound engineer and mixer who is facing legal action for releasing Prince tracks without permission.
The restraining order request comes from Prince's estate and Paisley Park who are teaming up in a lawsuit, claiming that Boxill is violating a contract with the late pop star and illegally possessing masters and copies of five Prince tracks. Boxill is refusing to turn them over.
The first track, "Deliverance," was released Wednesday morning on Apple Music, but it has since been taken down. This was confirmed at Wednesday's hearing. The songs are still available for purchase though at PrinceRogersNelson.com.
The crux of the lawsuit hinges on a confidentiality contract Boxill signed.
However, Boxill co-produced and co-wrote the five songs. Boxill claims he owned 10 percent of the songs, although the contract he signed with Prince states the songs are the sole and exclusive property of the pop star.
Boxill's lawyers claim that contract was never signed by Paisley Park or Prince, meaning it was never executed and is therefore invalid.
KSTP was at Wednesday's court proceedings, and representatives from both parties declined to comment.
Judge Wilhemia Wright didn't give a timeframe for when she expected to make a decision on the restraining order.
Theresa Malloy & Beth McDonough
Updated: April 19, 2017 07:27 PM
Created: April 19, 2017 06:11 PM
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