Sound engineer who released Prince’s song must pay estate $4M

A sound engineer who released the 'Deliverance' EP to streaming services in April 2017 ordered to pay a hefty fine.

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Musician Prince performs on stage at the 36th NAACP Image Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on March 19, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)


 

A sound engineer who tried to capitalize on Prince’s death by releasing an unauthorized song now has to pay a $4 million dollar penalty to the late musician’s estate, reports Billboard.

George Ian Boxill has to pay 3.96 million for releasing Prince’s “Deliverance” EP to streaming services in April 2017. A Minnesota federal court on Monday upheld a ruling from last August after Boxill attempted to get the decision thrown out.

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Boxill had planned in April 2017 to also release six more of the singer’s unreleased songs that he co-wrote and co-produced from 2006 to 2008, the outlet reports. At that time it would have been the one-year anniversary of Prince’s death on April 21, the day Boxill was set to release the music.

However, Prince’s estate thwarted those plans after Boxill released the EP onto the streaming service in 2017 and filed a lawsuit against Boxill. They contend that Boxill violated an agreement he had signed with Prince.

Boxill’s effort to get the ruling thrown out didn’t work after he accused the arbitrator of misconduct and of disregarding copyright law.

Boxill has been ordered to pay the hefty fee and he must return Prince’s material to the estate.

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Paisley Park Celebration Planned

Well, Prince is still winning in the afterlife, and his fans are still celebrating the Purple one at a party at Paisley Park during a four-day event titled Celebration 2019, honoring the musical icon’s life April 25-28, 11ALIVE reports.

The purple party-goers can also gear up for a concert event titled PRINCE: In Concert on the Big Screen that will be held in conjunction with the celebration of Prince’s life and legacy. The Paisley Park concert event will occur in Chanhassen, Minnesota and happen at an off-site venue at The Armory in Minneapolis.

For more information check out party details here.

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