The Prince Estate is embroiled in more legal troubles.
The Prince Estate is currently being sued by the fan they sued for posting performance footage of the late musician on Youtube.
According to a report in The Blast, Kian Andrew Habib claims the estate has ruined his reputation by alleging that he was a bootlegger.
Last year, the estate filed a federal lawsuit against Habib, accusing him of posting five different videos of Prince performing live at a 2013 concert in Connecticut on YouTube. The estate filed the suit after Habib contested them for filing notices with YouTube to remove the videos. Habib denied all allegations and countersued the estate on July 2.
The man admitted to posting the videos but denies he participated in any bootlegging, piracy or counterfeiting, claiming he did not infringe on any copyright because he didn’t profit from the uploads.
“Even if the Estate, had marketed or sought to market videos of the same concerts that are referenced in the Habib Videos,” he wrote in a statement,
“the allegation would still be demonstrably false because the Habib Videos are clearly of amateurish quality, containing scenes and sounds of other concertgoers, among other things, have poor audio and video quality, contain very small portions of concerts whose average total length was approximately three hours, and, otherwise have no commercial value whatsoever.”
Habib says the estate has tarnished his reputation with the accusations and is trying to make an example out of him.
The case is ongoing and he is seeking unspecified damages.
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