Sound Engineer Must Pay $4M Over Unauthorized Prince EP

Law360 (April 8, 2019, 7:18 PM EDT) -- A sound engineer must pay Prince's estate a nearly $4 million arbitration award for releasing an unauthorized EP using original recordings of the late artist, a Minnesota federal court ruled Monday, rejecting the engineer's contentions that the arbitrator had improperly ignored copyright law.

U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright denied sound engineer George Ian Boxill's October bid to toss the $3.96 arbitration award to Prince's estate, Paisley Park Enterprises. The award was issued in August after an arbitrator found that the estate's breach of contract and conversion claims against Boxill were not preempted by copyright law, as the engineer had argued. ...

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