EXCLUSIVE: Prince – Estate Shuts Down Artist Suing over 90’s Hit Song, Judge Throws Out Case
The Dirty can exclusively reveal the estate for Prince has scored a legal victory in the battle with an unknown artist accusing the singer of ripping off his track … with a federal court judge tossing the 2-year+ lawsuit and siding with the late musician’s estate.
Artist James Brandon sued Prince, director Spike Lee and Warner Bros Records back in 2015 … prior to the musician passing.
He stated he was the manager of a 90’s group “GOMAB” who created a song entitled “Phone Sex”, which he owned the copyright. The suit explained Spike Lee directed a film “Girl 6” back in 1996 … which featured a song by Prince by the film name. Brandon claimed Spike Lee had requested the music after hearing the track and wanted it for his film. However, he claimed he never heard back from the director and then noticed Prince’s song for the film ripped off his track.
He sued demanding $150k per infringement by Prince. The singer had not been served with the lawsuit or respond to the allegations in court prior to his passing.
Last year, the estate for Prince filed docs demanding the lawsuit be tossed and accusing the man of attempting to capitalize on his the singer’s tragic passing.
Then on April 3rd, the judge came back with his decision and sided with the estate by dismissing all claims against Prince and the other remaining defendants. The order states the plaintiff had years to serve the defendants but failed to follow the court orders.
As a result, the entire case is dismissed and the man will not be awarded a dime.