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Brits take on Hendrix case

New hex on Haze

The estate of Jimi Hendrix has returned to court to stop the sale of unauthorized recordings in England issued by a company that the court has ruled has no rights to do the release.

Using a recent victory over Purple Haze Records and sale of its “Jimi Hendrix Stockholm Concert 1969” CD as precedent, Experience Hendrix filed suit Monday seeking the application of the same legal grounds to enjoin further distribution of other unauthorized Jimi Hendrix recordings still offered for sale by Purple Haze.

In 2004, Experience Hendrix sued Purple Haze Records and its proprietor, Lawrence Miller, seeking to enjoin the unauthorized release of the Stockholm Concert CD.

Purple Haze and Miller claimed authorization from John Hillman, a former U.K. attorney who had been involved with a Bahamian tax shelter called Yameta Co. for the late Michael Jeffery, Jimi Hendrix’s manager, who died in 1973. Hillman claimed to be the sole successor to Yameta, and therefore owner of the Hendrix recordings.

In February, the London Royal Courts of Justice ruled in favor of Experience Hendrix and held that the December 1966 Yameta agreement with Hendrix was simply a management contract.

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