They contend that engineers employed by Prince and his Paisley Park Enterprises were never given any sort of ownership of the music they worked on. Friday, April 21st, will the one year anniversary of his passing, and in honor of the event, Rogue Music Alliance is releasing a six song EP titled DELIVERANCE.
Prince, and Ian Boxill, known for his work with 2pac, Gladys Knight, Janet Jackson, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and on multiple award winning Prince albums, co-wrote and co-produced all of the tracks beginning in 2006.
The estate says Boxill possesses sound recording and masters for five songs, but is now trying to exploit the songs for his personal gain.
Representatives of RMA, Boxhill and Prince's estate did not immediately return calls for comment on the temporary injunction.
The estate argued that the representative of Prince's estate is charged with maximizing the value of unreleased recordings, not Boxill.
Prince and Boxill co-wrote and co-produced all of the tracks, and after Prince's death, Boxill completed the compositions and arrangements, finished the production and mixed the songs.
The estate also argued that Boxill has no right to use Prince's name, image or likeness in any manner.
United States District Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright has blocked, for now, the release of a Prince EP originally scheduled to drop tomorrow, April 21, on the first anniversary of the singer's death. The six-track EP was pulled from iTunes, Amazon Music and Google Play after Wednesday's ruling, according to Billboard.
Independent record company Rogue Music Alliance (RMA) said earlier this week that the six songs were recorded by Prince between 2006 and 2008 and Boxill spent the previous year completing, arranging and mixing the songs.
All of this was in the face of a lawsuit brought last Friday in Minnesota by Paisley Park Enterprises against Boxill.