Prince Estate Suing Jay Z's Roc Nation For Alleged Illegal Streaming
Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:54:40
Prince's estate is suing Jay Z's Roc Nation for copyright infringement, and claims Tidal has been illegally streaming the late-icon's catalog. According to the Star Tribune, "The ongoing battle has festered for months in Carver County District Court, but on Tuesday, NPG Records Inc., and NPG Music Publishing — Prince's music entities — escalated it by filing a federal lawsuit alleging copyright infringement against Roc Nation, a multifaceted business started by Shawn C. Carter — Jay Z — which includes Tidal, a music streaming service."
Before Prince's death on April 21, NPG entered into an agreement with Tidal to sell and stream "the next newly recorded studio LP by the recording artist known as Prince." That album was HitNRun: Phase 1. Star Tribune reports, "The letter of intent, dated Aug. 1, 2015, gave Tidal exclusive rights to the material for 90 days, the lawsuit said."
However, the complaint states that Tidal beginning on June 7, 2016, "exploiting many copyrighted Prince works in addition to the works that comprise the 'HitNRun: Phase 1' album."
Star Tribune explains, "The suit said that on Oct. 21, Nov. 7 and Nov. 11, Roc Nation filed documents in Carver County District Court that asserted it had "both oral and written" agreements to exclusively stream Prince's entire catalog of music on Tidal. But Roc Nation did not provide any documents to support that claim despite numerous written requests to do so, the lawsuit said.
"Prince's estate said Roc Nation continues "to reproduce, distribute and publicly perform" Prince's music, a copyright infringement."
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—The ARTISTdirect Staff