Can’t we all just get along?!
Shortly after the late artist’s passing, Tidal got into a legal battle with NPG Records and NPG Music Publishing — the companies that handle Prince’s music — over copyright infringement.
On Tuesday, the legal drama was taken to another level after NPG filed a federal lawsuit against Roc Nation for copyright infringement mainly associated with the rapper’s streaming company!
Back in 2015, the Purple Rain artist decided to pull all his music from streaming services but made a deal with Tidal for exclusive rights to premiere his new LP, HITNRUN Phase One.
That would have been fine except in June, Jay’s company added 15 Prince albums — to which NPG claims they do NOT have the rights! NPG says Roc Nation was:
“exploiting many copyrighted Prince works in addition to the works that comprise the Hit N Run: Phase 1 album.”
TIDAL claims they filed documents proving they had “both oral and written” agreements to stream the deceased artist’s ENTIRE catalog of music. Oddly though, they didn’t provide the documents to support their claims, even after several requests to do so.
As a result, Prince’s music entities want Tidal to stop streaming and selling their artist’s music and pay an unspecified amount in damages.
As for who REALLY owns the rights to Prince’s entire catalog, Universal Music Publishing Group announced at the beginning of November that they were:
“the exclusive worldwide publishing administrator for Prince’s entire song catalog, released and unreleased, effective immediately.”
Of course, Tidal says otherwise, so we’re not totally sure how this will all shake out since there’s a federal lawsuit involved now!
Stay tuned for more updates as we wait to find out what company REALLY owns the rights Prince’s music!