Judge blocks sound engineer's release of Prince EP

  • Judge blocks sound engineer's release of Prince EP

Judge blocks sound engineer's release of Prince EP

U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright late Wednesday granted a temporary restraining order to stop sound engineer George Ian Boxill from releasing the EP Deliverance and ordered him to return the recordings to the singer's estate.

Prince performs "3121" during 6th Annual BET Awards in 2006.

A rep for Boxill said a statement is forthcoming, while a rep for the estate didn't immediately respond to Variety's request for comment.

Prince's EP, titled 'Deliverance, ' which was announced Tuesday with the title track available for early streaming, has been removed from iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon Music and other streaming services.

Not long after Prince died-a year ago tomorrow-it was revealed that his music vault contained enough material to release an album every year for the next century. "The Estate has not granted permission to Mr. Boxill to use or distribute Prince's performances", the complaint states.

The estate also argued that Boxill has no right to use Prince's name, image or likeness in any manner.

David Staley, co-founder of RMA, the Vancouver, Washington record label behind the EP, says that because the title track "Deliverance" was commercially released prior to the temporary restraining order, it is exempt from the ban.

Additionally, the order directs Boxill to turn over "all of the recordings acquired through his work with Paisley Park Enterprises, including original recordings, analog and digital copies, and any derivative works". Unless the court extends it, the restraining order will expire on May 3, before which there will be a court hearing.

"I was pleased by the ruling last night, which in a nutshell indicated everything that has been released up to the time of the judge's ruling, late evening April 19th, can be and should be enjoyed by the fans", Staley tells Rolling Stone.