Steve Perry Obtains Restraining Order Preventing Release Of Unreleased Demos
Steve Perry has been awarded a restraining order against a musician who has possession of low quality demos produced in 1991, according to The Blast.
The temporary order will prevent musician Phil Brown from releasing tracks recorded on an 8-track recorder. A judge also stated that Perry’s name and likeness cannot be used to release a CD of the music.
A complaint filed last week by Perry says that Brown is “seeking to confuse and mislead” his fans “and the consuming public into believing [he] is associated with Perry when he is not, to induce them to Purchase Brown’s music rather than Perry’s.”
The former Journey singer also says the timing of the intended release–coinciding with his third solo album, Traces–is suspect. Additionally, the songs were never intended for a proper release.
“He did not perform them as he would if the recordings were intended for public release,” the complaint says. “[Brown is] threatening to release certain old vocal performances of Perry as part of Brown’s band’s release, even though Perry owns all intellectual property rights in said vocal performances, Brown abandoned any claim to those performances in 2002, and Perry has repeatedly demanded that Brown not release those works.”
Perry insists the songs were made for “demo” purposes, and were created in Brown’s garage. Brown was paid $1,500 for the session.