RMA Interprets Court Ruling, Says They Still Have the Right to Issue the Prince Single
What seemed like a cut-and-dry court ruling on the issuing of new music by Prince seems to be not as clear as had been hoped, at least according to the original record company.
The Rogue Music Alliance (RMA) was set to release an EP of previously unfinished Prince tracks that had been recorded between 2006 and 2008 when he was an independent artist. Set for release tomorrow, April 21, the estate of Prince and Paisley Park quickly went to court and received a restraining order to stop the release.
At least that is what they thought they received. According to Matthew Wilson, the attorney for RMA, there are two different products named Deliverance, the EP and the single which had already been released.
The Federal Court located in Minnesota has temporarily enjoined the release of the remaining unreleased tracks on the Deliverance EP. The court order has not enjoined the released single Deliverance. Therefore the Deliverance single will continue to be sold.
Earlier today, David Stanley, co-founder of RMA, told Rolling Stone:
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. This includes the Deliverance single and all other released works. My team and I are excited for the Deliverance single to be available again to Prince's loyal fans. I, like Ian [sound engineer George Ian Boxill who worked on the tracks], feel Deliverance is a very timely song and believe it will bring comfort to many in these trying times.
The use of the word "timely" may have multiple meanings in the long run. We're guessing that the Prince people are not going to agree with this interpretation and will be back in court ASAP to block the further distribution of the single.
For now, sites like iTunes and Amazon are not offering the single for sale. It is solely being offered at the companies website.