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.
Posted on May 06, 2011 02:48 pm
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.