Prince’s estate is suing Jay Z’s Roc Nation. The estate claims Tidal is streaming dozens of Prince Songs even though they only have the rights to his album “Hit n Run: Phase One.”
The lawsuit claims Roc Nation has been exploiting music copyrighted by Prince. It should be noted, back in 2015 Prince made a deal with Jay Z to stream his music but it reportedly only applied to one album.
Roc Nation insists that on October 21, November 7 and November 11, it filed documents in Carver County District Court asserting it had “both oral and written” agreements to exclusively stream Prince’s entire catalog of music on Tidal. However, Roc Nation did not provide any documents to support that claim despite numerous written requests to do so.
Prince’s estate accuses Roc Nation of copyright infringement by continuing “to reproduce, distribute and publicly perform” Prince’s music. The lawsuit asks for a trial by jury, a court order forcing Roc Nation/Tidal to stop streaming and selling Prince’s music other than HitNRun: Phase 1, and that Roc Nation be ordered to pay unspecified damages.
Prince has recorded more than 35 albums, some of which Tidal was still streaming as of Tuesday (Nov. 15).