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EntertainmentEngineer Ordered to Pay Prince Estate Nearly $4 Million Over Posthumous EP

18:25  09 april  2019
18:25  09 april  2019 Source:   rollingstone.com

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The sound engineer who tried to release an unauthorized Prince EP was ordered to pay the late musician’s estate .96 million, Billboard reports. Engineer George Ian Boxill, who worked with Prince between 2006 and 2008, was behind the Deliverance EP , which he tried to release April 21st, 2017 to mark the one-year anniversary of Prince ’s death. The nearly $ 4 million fine was handed down in an August 2018 arbitration ruling, which a Minnesota federal court upheld Monday after Boxill tried to accuse the arbitrator of misconduct and ignoring copyright law.

The sound engineer who tried to release an unauthorized Prince Ep was ordered to pay the late musician’s estate .96 million, Billboard reports. Engineer George Ian Boxill, who worked with Prince between 2006 and 2008, was behind the Deliverance Ep , which he tried to release April 21st, 2017 to mark the one-year anniversary of Prince ’s The moment Boxill teased the project and released the title track, however, Prince ’s estate mounted a fierce legal challenge, claiming Boxill was in violation of his contract. The nearly $ 4 million fine was handed down in an August 2018 arbitration ruling

Engineer Ordered to Pay Prince Estate Nearly $4 Million Over Posthumous EP © Provided by Penske Media Corporation PRINCE PERFORMING ON ABC 'GOOD MORINING AMERICA' IN BRYANT PARK, NEW YORK, AMERICA - 16 JUN 2006

The sound engineer who tried to release an unauthorized Prince EP was ordered to pay the late musician’s estate $3.96 million, Billboard reports.

Engineer George Ian Boxill, who worked with Prince between 2006 and 2008, was behind the Deliverance EP, which he tried to release April 21st, 2017 to mark the one-year anniversary of Prince’s death. The moment Boxill teased the project and released the title track, however, Prince’s estate mounted a fierce legal challenge, claiming Boxill was in violation of his contract.

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A sound engineer has been ordered to pay Prince 's estate nearly $ 4 million for releasing an unauthorized EP of songs by the late musician, it was ruled in Minnesota federal court on Monday. George Ian Boxill, who released the Deliverance EP to streaming services in April 2017 in violation of a contract with the late singer, was ordered to pay the artist's estate .96 million in an arbitration ruling handed down in August 2018. The engineer had attempted to vacate the ruling by accusing the arbitrator of misconduct and of disregarding copyright law, but the judge in the Minnesota case said

Boxill had planned for the EP —featuring songs he said he co-wrote and co-produced with Prince from 2006 to 2008—to come out on April 21, 2017 to mark the one-year anniversary of Prince ’s death. Before Deliverance was released, however, the Prince Estate and Paisley Park Enterprises sued In August 2018, an arbitrator ruled in favor of the estate , ordering George Ian Boxill to pay ,960,287.65 for damages, costs, and lawyers’ fees, according to The Blast. Now, a Minnesota judge has upheld the ruling, confirming that Boxill will have to pay the estate .96 million in damages, Billboard reports.

The nearly $4 million fine was handed down in an August 2018 arbitration ruling, which a Minnesota federal court upheld Monday after Boxill tried to accuse the arbitrator of misconduct and ignoring copyright law. Boxill was also ordered to give the estate all the materials he had from his work with Prince.

Boxill claimed he co-wrote and co-produced the six songs on Deliverance with Prince, then took it upon himself to polish the tracks and release them after the musician’s death. Boxill reportedly approached Prince’s camp about releasing the music, but the two parties couldn’t agree upon financial terms.

Instead, Boxill took Deliverance to Rogue Music Alliance, a Vancouver-based label that specializes in Christian music. Almost immediately after Boxill and RMA announced the release of the Deliverance EP, Prince’s estate sued Boxill and were granted a restraining order to halt the release of the EP.

Boxill did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

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