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After Tracks Published, Paisley Park and Prince Estate Seek Restraining Order Against Sound Engineer

After Tracks Published, Paisley Park and Prince Estate Seek Restraining Order Against Sound Engineer Photo: KSTP/File

April 19, 2017 05:25 PM

Paisley Park and Prince's estate are seeking a temporary restraining order against George Ian Boxhill, a sound engineer and mixer who worked with the pop star and released new tracks without permission.

Boxhill released one of those tracks, "Deliverance," Wednesday on Apple Music; however, the tracks were pulled down in the afternoon. The six-song album has been published on PrinceRodgersNelson.com. 

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The full EP with six tracks is scheduled to be released on Friday, which is the one-year anniversary of Prince's death from an opioid overdose. 

However, Prince's estate and Paisley Park have filed suit, saying Boxhill stole the tracks and violated his confidentiality agreement he signed when he was working with Prince, which prohibits him from using any recordings or properties.

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The contract states Boxill "would not use any recordings or property in any way whatsoever," and "he would return any such recordings or property to Prince immediately upon request." 

The filing states Boxill "is now trying to exploit one or more songs for his personal gain at expense of the Prince Estate." 

The federal lawsuit claims the recordings in question amount to a value greater than $75,000, and court documents state that Boxill will not return the masters or recordings.

It also states he has shared the tracks with third parties, which all violate his contract.

The Prince "Deliverance" record is available for pre-order and lists six tracks. Currently, it has a release date advertised for Friday. 

The song lists five additional tracks including: "I Am," "Touch Me," "Sunrise Sunset," "No One Else" and "I Am (extended)."

The estate and Paisley Park claim a release of the so-called "Prince Recordings," would hurt its interests "permanently and irreparably." They claim the release would hurt business relationships, but more importantly, "it deprives Prince (and now the Estate) from choosing what is released to the public and when," the suit states.

The suit was initially filed in Carver County, but the suit was refiled in federal court, since Boxhill lives in California. 

A hearing at the St. Paul Federal Courthouse is scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday.

KSTP reached out to Boxill for comment Tuesday, but he said he was out of the country and would have to call back later.

KSTP will have a crew at the hearing. Check back for updates.

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