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Brits nix Hendrix biopic

Hillman has no rights to performer's music, likeness

A British court has ruled that a company purporting to make a biopic on Jimi Hendrix has no rights to the late guitarist’s music or likeness and has to go through Experience Hendrix for any rights.

The High Court of Justice, Chancery Division, in London ruled Wednesday that John Hillman has no rights to Hendrix’s music.

Hillman was the supposed source of the rights to Hendrix music in connection with a proposed biopic from Dragonslayer Films. Company issued press releases in April saying it had secured Hendrix’s likeness, music and live footage and had hired Quentin Tarantino as director — a claim Tarantino quickly dispelled.

Experience Hendrix had already told Dragonslayer that Hillman’s ownership claims were not viable, and that it will enforce all legal rights and remedies against distribution and exhibition of any film that makes unauthorized use of Hendrix’s music. 

After the court rejected Hillman’s claims, Experience Hendrix prexy-CEO Janie Hendrix said, “We will certainly rely on this judgment in protecting our rights against any other parties who make unauthorized use of Hendrix songs and recordings under the guise of the Hillman claim.”

Experience Hendrix also received an injunction against Purple Haze Records and its proprietor, Lawrence Miller, to block Purple Haze from distributing unauthorized Hendrix recordings.

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