Hendrix Family Escalate 40 Year Legal Battle

The Hendrix estate have taken legal preceding over rights to a 1969 recording at the Royal Albert Hall, which could be used in a Hendrix film.

Hendrix Family Escalate 40 Year Legal Battle
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As a guitar icon whose music may well live forever, it's no wonder there's a new legal battle over Jimi Hendrix's music. His family have just launched a suit against an unnamed company over the recordings from two concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall in 1969. Court papers are saying the guitarist signed an agreement at the time with the people who recorded the gig. The suit specifically notes that the agreement would give them rights to use the music in a film about Hendrix, which is yet to see the light of day. Although this is a new lawsuit, the NME report that the Hendrix estate have been in a legal battle over the recordings for over 40 years. Now they want ownership of the audio, and want more than $2 million in legal expenses. The Hendrix estate has a long and complex history with the law. As one example, a case in 2004 saw the guitarist's half-sister Janie Hendrix and her cousin lose some control over the estate after other family members accused them of being "greedy and inept controllers of an estate they had little right to", according to Seattle PI. Janie reportedly met Hendrix only twice before his death, but inherited her rights to his estate from the father she shared with Jimi.

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    oc616
    TheWho2 wrote: only reason hendrix is big is because he died. if he was still alive he would be just a popular as eric clapton is today.
    Sorry who? Nah I kid, but I couldn't name ya a Clapton song, but I could name you a Hendrix one. Not a fan of either though tbh.
    RC52190
    Shayne777 wrote: TheWho2 wrote: only reason hendrix is big is because he died. if he was still alive he would be just a popular as eric clapton is today. what cause Eric Clapton is so unpopular? this makes no sense it's like syaing Pepsi is as famous as Coca Cola
    Don't say such overly nice things about Pepsi...
    theotherguy7145
    Moves should be made to release all his music for free. It'd end this stupid charade with greedy people wanting more and more money from it. If anyone deserves rights to the music then it's the fans who still listen and love it today. I say downloads on Hendrix tracks are all free, and on CDs you only pay for the shipping. Sorted. (It'd never work, would it?) :/
    fallen.im
    shame on his family and all the bigots who are after the jimi's money....
    _Imagine_
    its very pretentious of people to dictate what they think is "the best thing" for someone who can't speak for themselves. family or not, its all about money and thats just shameful.
    Creedisgod
    OK so hes a dead guy now right?? so no body can ask him wat he wants for his music cos he cant talk cos hes dead lol so maybe if we ask his sister aall at the same time she will stop selling it??? it not imporatnt about WHO HAVE THE MONEY!!!1!!1 OR WHO OWN THE MUSIC!!!!!1
    dhutchins64789
    His family deserves all rights to his music and legacy. He was an person and a musical icon in history and his family should be able to enjoy his success and memory without all the other people sticking their greedy hands in their life for a slice. Peace to Hendrix.
    icep
    The Hendrix Estate is just like the Michael Jackson family - living off the legacy of a big music sensation. All for the money. I seriously doubt that Jimi would've agreed with them... that is not what 60s/early 70s was about (money), and I doubt he would feel that today. You need money to have a life obviously, but not 'greed'.
    DarrenReeder
    The rights to selling his music and stuff should be given to his family... But I still think that his music is EVERYONES.... The only reason I pay for music is to help out the Artist(s), but he is dead so I think it should all be just enjoyed for what it is
    AtomicBirdy
    "As a guitar icon whose music may well live forever" Maybe to the sheeple, yeah. To any actual musician, no.
    MetalheadRoy
    Seriously? There is only one man who owns this music and that is Jimi Hendrix and his band members, the ones who made it. Trying to claim "ownership" over a piece of music recorded so long ago is as silly as two kids fighting over a seat in a car. I can understand you get angry if someone steals a piece of music you made and publishes it under their name, but neither of these two parties made the music.
    bitchfist
    TheWho2 wrote: only reason hendrix is big is because he died. if he was still alive he would be just a popular as eric clapton is today.
    eric clapton is a god you dolt. but yeah, its his half sister and she's a total bitch, she screwed his brother out of a share of the estate by manipulating the father, who was also an ass.
    flecktowned
    theotherguy7145 wrote: Moves should be made to release all his music for free. It'd end this stupid charade with greedy people wanting more and more money from it. If anyone deserves rights to the music then it's the fans who still listen and love it today. I say downloads on Hendrix tracks are all free, and on CDs you only pay for the shipping. Sorted. (It'd never work, would it?) :/
    No
    Tyler.Allain
    KewlBeans wrote: This is BS Hendrix music is meant for everyone in the world, just make it free, use it wherever you want without any cost, stop caring on all that money BS, thats what Jimi wouldve wanted. Just another Proof his half sister never knew him.
    So...you know Jimi would have wanted this because? You are saying that the arguing over his music is ridiculous as no one truly knows what he would have wanted yet you make the ridiculous suggestion that you do. If Jimi signed over rights to someone else then they own it. The only things that matter are the legalities though this is unfortunate. No one knows what Jimi would have wanted so its up for the courts to decide what is legally correct. That is all there is.
    Parkl
    His estate should be held to fans who are committed to keep the Hendrix name as high as the Beatles, not to greedy family members...
    XahXhaX
    Now imagine a country without ludicrous copyright laws, where Hendrix' work would have entered public domain after his death (where it belongs) and there would be nothing for them to squabble over.
    Icarus Lives
    A new law should be passed just for Jimi's estate and legacy. Set up a committe, decide who deserves control the most, and let them have the whole lot.
    tallicawashere
    It is fortunate for Hendrix that family owns the rights to his music. Many musicians (the Beetles first in mind) have little to no control over the rights to their music. However, it is unfortunate that family can be greedy. I feel many fans could have a closer connection with the individual than the family. Why not let the fans have the music? (I'm talkin' to you Courtney Love.....)
    fuzmeister
    In the style of Chris Crocker: LEAVE JIMI ALLLLOOOOONE!! Seriously though, I'm so sick of reading about the various disputes tarnishing this man's legacy as an artist and musician.
    thedevil
    I this his musical legacy will never be tarnished, he left us w/ near perfection, now the future of his public image, thats different. But I think a good bi-opic would be great, his life would make a great film. just dont let oliver stone turn him into an unfunny depressive drunk. *cough*
    hazydavy
    His family reads like a soap opera. Janie Hendrix is actually his adopted half/step sister. Anything she does will/should(?) fall under scrutiny. It's a sad,sad mess. She is actually the most sane of the lot. She was closest to his father and therefor legally entitled.
    Pagan_Poetry
    40 years? Shit. They could have just had a fundraiser for that long and make a Jimi Hendrix amusement park with that money. Or a "theme" park, which is actually not an amusement park but a park with a theme. I WON'T LET THIS DOWN.
    jannick
    i actually have an original recording(8-track) of one of his first times in the studio. pretty sick shit... poor quality though... you also hear him talk to 2 or 3 guys
    crazysam23_Atax
    GrungeHippie26 wrote: his family deserves to right to his music, this is bs
    So, why 40years after the fact do they deserve it? I wonder if Jimi'd have agreed with them.
    EpiExplorer
    Contracts a contract, if his family want to live off his legacy like roaches then they can do it but its shameful.
    TheWho2
    only reason hendrix is big is because he died. if he was still alive he would be just a popular as eric clapton is today.
    K Reyn
    Jimmypageclone wrote: if hendrix signed a document, the family can't do anything.
    This.
    whiskychaser
    TheWho2 wrote: only reason hendrix is big is because he died. if he was still alive he would be just a popular as eric clapton is today.
    says the guy who has only listed to the songs of his that they play on the radio.
    fenderstrattele
    TheWho2 : only reason hendrix is big is because he died. if he was still alive he would be just a popular as eric clapton is today.
    that is still pretty big, but I see what you mean. Hendrix will always be my favourite.
    stndrdprcdre
    Hopefully some cool dude with a boat-load of money and good taste in music will just buy her out, get control of everything, and completely get her out of the picture.
    Hells.Mascot
    Fats_McClure wrote: Sladey wrote: Janie's a bitch, and Dave Grohl has a sex tape of her. This is funny.