Prince's Engineer Ordered to Pay $4 Million for Releasing Unauthorized EP

Prince's Engineer Ordered to Pay $4 Million for Releasing Unauthorized EP
Following his death in 2016, Prince's recording archives have proven extremely lucrative. Officially, the artist's work has entered into a massive partnership between his estate and Sony Music's Legacy Recordings. Unofficially, his former sound engineer released an unauthorized EP — and now must pay the price.

In April 2017, George Ian Boxill shared the Deliverance EP with streaming services. According to Billboard, a Minnesota federal court has ruled that this was in violation of a contract with the late singer. As a result, Boxill has been ordered to pay $3.96 million USD in an arbitration ruling. 

In addition to the fee, Boxill has been ordered to hand over the six-song EP, which he had planned to release through his independent Rogue Music Alliance label on April 21, 2017.

Boxill had previously claimed that he co-write and co-produced the songs with Prince, and had spent a year finishing them following the artist's death in 2016. One song from the EP had been up on streaming services for mere hours before Prince's estate filed a federal lawsuit.