Prince estate asks Bloomington man to stop selling iconic Cloud guitar replicas

December 04, 2018 05:23 PM

The Prince estate is asking a Bloomington man to stop selling replicas of Prince's iconic Cloud Guitar.

Dave Rusan, with Rusan Guitarworks, created the Cloud Guitar for the movie 'Purple Rain.'

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Earlier this year, Rusan obtained a trademark for the Cloud Guitar design.

Last month Rusan says he received a letter from Paisley Park lawyers asking him to give up the trademark.

"It really feels like they want to take something away from me that I care about and feel that I own," Rusan said. "I feel like it's a David and Goliath thing."


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Rusan sells the replica Cloud Guitar for $8,000 to customers around the world. 

"Australia, sending one to Japan, every country in Europe," Rusan said.

Rusan is preparing for a legal battle. 

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS reached out to the attorneys for the Prince estate but there was no response. 

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