According to the Daily mail:
Prince’s record label has filed a lawsuit against rapper Jay-Z over his use of the late singers music on the streaming service Tidal.
TMZ reported that Jay-Z’s company has been illegally streaming all of Prince’s music since June 2016.
Nearly every song Prince ever recorded is currently available to stream on Tidal.
However, before Prince’s death, an agreement between NPG Records, which represents the late Purple Rain hit-maker, and Jay-Z’s Roc Nation agreed that Tidal could stream one album.
Permission was given to Tidal to stream ‘Hit N Run: Phase 1’, which was the last album Prince ever recorded, according to court documents.
However, NPG claims Roc Nation took this to mean it could stream all of the singer’s music but the record label disputes this.
NPG claims this was never authorized but Roc Nation says it has ‘oral and written’ permission, although it has yet to produce the material, according to Rolling Stone.
The suit claims copyright infringement and seeks to have the music removed from the streaming service.
It says, however, Tidal can continue to stream ‘Hit N Run: Phase 1’.
No dollar amount is specified in the document but TMZ speculates damages sought would ‘be enormous’.
The documents say Tidal has streamed hits such as ‘I Wanna Be Your Lover,’ ‘1999,’ ‘Little Red Corvette,’ ‘Cream,’ ‘Purple Rain,’ ‘Controversy,’ ‘Pop Life,’ without permission.