MINNESOTA (CelebrityAccess) – George Ian Boxill, a sound engineer who worked with Prince, has been ordered by a Minnesota federal court to pay the late musician’s estate nearly $4 million for releasing an unauthorized EP.
Boxill, who released the Deliverance EP to streaming services in April 2017 was found in violation of his contract with Prince, which stated that the recordings were the late singer’s sole and exclusive property. Though the sound engineer was ordered to pay Prince’s estate $3.96 million and to return all materials obtained through his work with him in an arbitration ruling handed down in August 2018, Boxill had attempted to vacate the ruling by accusing the arbitrator of misconduct and of disregarding copyright law.
The judge in the Minnesota case has now ruled that there was no basis for either of the claims.
Boxill alleges that the recordings on the EP were co-written and co-produced alongside Prince between 2006 and 2008, and that he spent a year completing them following the singer’s death.
Prince died in 2016 of an accidental opioid overdose. He was 57 years old.