The record label for Prince has sued rap star Jay Z’s entertainment company for copyright infringement, saying it illegally offered the late musician’s songs on its music streaming service, according to court records.
The lawsuit filed in the United States District Court in Minnesota on Tuesday by NPG Records, claims Jay Z’s Roc Nation illegally offered such Prince hits as “If I Was Your Girlfriend” and “1999” on its subscription-based streaming service, Tidal.
“Roc Nation, through its Tidal service, is exploiting many copyrighted Prince works,” according to the lawsuit.
While Tidal was authorized to offer some Prince songs to its customers, the service expanded the number around the time of the musician’s death on June 7 without approval from the Prince estate trust, it claims.
Prince died from an accidental, self-administered overdose of the powerful painkiller fentanyl, medical officials said in June.