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YouTube videos lead to lawsuit by Prince's estate

A Norfolk, Massachusetts, man has been accused of illegally uploading six videos of Prince performing in concert. The videos, which are not currently on YouTube, showed Prince performing "Hot Thing," "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World," "Sign o' the Times," "Glam Slam," "Take Me With U" and "Nothing Compares 2 U."

The man's YouTube channel has many concert videos up from several musicians. Prince's estate filed a lawsuit against the man on Dec. 7, after Comerica Bank & Trust filed a complaint with video website. The videos were taken down, but the man appealed the removal of the videos. That led to the lawsuit.

The complaints states, "[The defendant] has refused to remove the Infringing Videos and will continue to infringe the Prince Works unless enjoined by this Court." The lawsuit also states that the man had advertisements on the videos, which means that he was making money from the late performer's work.

After Prince died in April of last year from an alleged accidental overdose of the opiate fentanyl, a Minnesota probate court ruled that there are six heirs to his estate: a sister and five half-siblings. However, Comerica Bank & Trust still owns the estate rights, which is why they were the ones to file the lawsuit.

While your probate or estate litigation is not likely to be quite a complex as Prince's, it can be complicated nonetheless. An experienced attorney can help you with both of these matters, no matter which side you might be on. In addition, your attorney can provide information on powers of attorney, trusts and wills that could help you avoid probate altogether.

Source: Courthouse News Service, "Prince’s Estate Sues Over YouTube Videos," Zack Hufman, Dec. 09, 2017

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