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Prince estate goes legal over Vanity 6 videos

By | Published on Monday 4 June 2018


The Prince estate has begun legal action against a man in Oklahoma over claims of copyright infringement. Phil Shadid is accused of illegally distributing music by Prince-backed pop group Vanity 6.

Legal documents state that Shadid distributed music videos featuring seven tracks by the group, whose songs were all written by Prince, through TuneCore.

The DIY distributor removed the music following a complaint from the estate. However, Shadid contested this, and the estate now says that TuneCore will repost the tracks unless a court order is issued stating that to do so would infringe copyright.

The estate is seeking such an order to keep the music off TuneCore’s database permanently, as well as demanding unspecified damages and costs from Shadid.