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Jimi Hendrix -- The 40 Year Battle for His Music

5/5/2011 5:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

When Jimi Hendrix took the stage at London's Royal Albert Hall back in 1969 ... bet he didn't think his family would be in a nasty legal war over the performance 42 years later.

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TMZ has obtained a lawsuit, filed by the Hendrix Estate -- in which Jimi's family claims they are the rightful owners of several sound recordings from two concerts at the R.A.H. in 1969 ... despite another cooperation laying claim to the material.

According to the suit, Jimi signed an agreement with the people who recorded the music way back when ... an agreement which would have given them the right to use the music in a motion picture.

But Jimi died ... and the movie was never made ... and for the last 40-years, Jimi's estate and the corporation have been arguing about which side truly owns the rights to the recordings.

Now, the people who run Jimi's estate want to end the battle once and for all ... asking a judge to deem them the rightful owners ... and then force the corporation to pay up more than $2 million in legal costs and other expenses.

... and the wind cried, Mary.

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lil harvey    

Hey Joe. Where you going with that gun in your hand......

Going to shoot my old lady, caught her messin around with another man.......................

1231 days ago
17.

lil harvey    

Ans the wind screams H A R V E Y!!!!!!!!!

1231 days ago
18.

lil harvey    

I'll be all along the WatchTower!!!!

1231 days ago
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lil harvey    

I just shot my old lady, she's messing round with another man....

1231 days ago
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brenda    

@C. Wilberding

As for the use of cooperation, TMZ could be referring to antagonistic cooperation, "the suppression of minor differences by two or more persons or groups to achieve a major common interest".

Rights to Jimi's RAH performance still has to be determined.

1231 days ago
21.

LahainaTattoo    

Wish you were still with US Jimi ... Boycott them all , Jimi was a loner, What happened to his childhood home ? Did anyone try to save it ?

1231 days ago
22.

Street Smart    

is lil Harvey stoned? (that poster?)

1231 days ago
23.

Pat    

Use your spell check Mr. Dumass!

1231 days ago
24.

ng    

It may be Alan Douglas AKA corporation against Hendrix Estate? Correct...
Alan Douglas managed Jimi at time of death and Alan went on to make a lucrative business for 30 years and/or still in litigation in using the rights Jimi signed off to a trusted manager in good faith.
Personal story: I worked at Electric Lady Studios and we made T-Shirts with Jimi's face in 1991 (for internal/ employee use). Alan Douglas got wind of it, and asks us to remove the image or pay a tremendous fee to keep Jimi's image on the T-Shirt. How ridiculous....

1231 days ago
25.

glittzz    

As long as the disagree, the lawyers get richer and richer.

1231 days ago
26.

Scott    

TMZ (The cooperation) needs our corporation on how to proof read posts before they go live. ;)

1231 days ago
27.

glittzz    

As long as they disagree, the lawyers get richer and richer. The family should have gotten the money.

1231 days ago
28.

Dee    

They need to settle with the Hendrix family and call it a day. Forty years is too long for any suit. I loved Jimmy and I remember him well. I think Prince got a lot of inspiration from him.

1231 days ago
29.

Deb    

Damn, Jimi's brother should have control. You all are too young to know what the hell your talking about.

1231 days ago
30.

SJ    

Just a side note, but besides being one of the greatest rockers of all time Jimi was also in the army. He was a 'Screamin' Eagle' paratrooper with the legendary 101st Airborne stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The very same place Obama will meet with SEAL Team 6 and the 160...th Air Support Wing after their Pakistan Mission later on today. Being part of the 101st was something Jimi had spoken of as a proud aspect of his life.

1231 days ago
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