LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — Former Journey frontman Steve Perry has filed a lawsuit against a former associate Phil Brown seeking to block the release of demos they recorded together in the early 1990s.
According to a legal complaint first reported by The Blast, Perry contends that the recordings, made on an 8-track tape deck in Brown’s garage, were never intended to be released to the public.
Perry’s complaint claims that Brown attempted to “deceptively associate” Perry with Brown’s band and “and 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.”
Perry alleges that Brown abandoned any claim to the recordings in 2002 and that Perry has repeatedly affirmed to Brown that he does not want them released.
Perry maintains that the Brown is attempting to capitalize on the publicity surrounding Perry’s third solo album “Traces” which he released in October.
“Brown threatens to do this now to free-ride off the public goodwill associated with Plaintiff, and to unfairly capitalize on the success of Perry’s recent album,” Perry’s complaint said.
Perry claims that the recordings were originally intended to evaluate Brown as a potential songwriter, and “never intended those vocal performances to form a part of a larger sound recording in which anyone else would have a copyright interest” as he was contractually obliged to record for CBS Records at the time.
Through the suit, Perry is seeking an injunction to bar the release of the recordings and compensatory and punitive damages.