Codispoti & Associates, P.C.
Contact Us Today
212-791-9453
Si Parla Italiano

Prince’s estate and the release of “Deliverance”

Legal battles over large estates can be complex

For Prince fans, it can be hard to believe that the death of the beloved singer-songwriter and musician occurred over a year ago. The one-year anniversary of his death marked a new chapter in the fight over his estate.

Prince, who died without any estate planning documents, left behind a legal battle with hundreds of millions at stake. In the latest development, Rogue Music Alliance, an independent label, released a six-song extended player (EP) in late April that included songs recorded by the artist between 2006 and 2008, with the help of recording engineer Ian Boxill.

As one might imagine, this set off another flurry of legal action.

Restraining order halted sales

Paisley Park Enterprises and Comerica, the special administrator for Prince’s estate, almost immediately filed suit to halt sales. A temporary restraining order was issued, and the EP is no longer available for download. At issue is who will benefit from the sale of the records. While RMA issued a statement saying all proceeds would go toward Prince’s estate, Paisley Park and Comerica disagreed.

The release was issued rather unexpectedly, although apparently talks between all parties occurred prior to the EP’s release, with no resolution. Boxill cleaned up the unfinished tracks, added instrumentation, and approached RMA about releasing them as an EP. Boxill claims to co-own the tracks. Paisley Park Enterprises and Comerica Bank argued that the songs were solely the property of Prince’s estate and that Boxill had agreed to not use any recordings involving Prince.

It is not clear if the EP will be released any time soon, if ever.

Reality show in the works

On May 1, it was announced that Prince’s family is set to begin a reality television show, and has hinted that new music from the artist will be a part of it. If true, it may further complicate the distribution of the estate.

Meanwhile, Prince fans can hope to hear previously unreleased tracks someday, of which Prince is rumored to have many. It also serves as a reminder that legal battles involved in the distribution of a large estate can be messy and legally complex.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • NYSBA
  • Brooklyn Bar Association 1872 Justice Integrity Honor Courtesy
  • National Italian American Bar Association Representing The Italian American Legal Community
  • Columbian Lawyers Association of Brooklyn
  • Columbian Lawyers Association of Rockland County
  • The Copyright Society of the USA
Email Us For a Response

How Can We Help You?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

111 John Street
Suite 800
New York, NY 10038

Phone: 212-791-9453
Fax: 212-962-6791
Map & Directions

600 3rd Avenue
Suite 1500
New York, NY 10016

Phone: 212-791-9453
Fax: 212-962-6791
Map & Directions

Phone : 212-791-9453 Fax : 212-962-6791