The Estate of Prince Suing Jay-Z's Roc Nation and Tidal

by VVN Music

A new lawsuit has been brought by the estate of Prince against Jay-Z's Roc Nation claiming that their Tidal music service was streaming the artists music without permission.

The dispute has been in lower courts for some time but NPG Records and NPG Music Publishing moved forward by filing a federal lawsuit on Tuesday alleging copyright infringement.

There was an agreement between the NPG entities and ROC Nation in mid 2015 to give Tidal a 90 day exclusive to stream and sell Prince's album HitNRun: Phase 1. The claim is that there was no agreement for the rest of the catalog and certainly not continually until now.

While it appears that Tidal was not streaming much of Prince's catalog for a time, the lawsuit states that the service once again began offering the music about six weeks after the singer's death.

Roc Nation and Tidal have asserted three times in court over the last few months that they had written and oral agreements for the rest of the catalog; however, even though the court has asked for copies of the agreement, none have been produced.

According to Billboard, in July 2015, Prince pulled his music from all other services except Tidal and said "TIDAL have honored Us with a non-restrictive arrangement that once again allows Us to continue making art in the fashion We've grown accustomed 2 and We're Extremely grateful 4 their generous support."

Prince's catalog is now being handled by Universal Music Publishing Group.

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