Elvis Presley Enterprises suing over box set
Elvis Presley Enterprises is seeking legal action against two men in the U.S. and the UK over alleged copyright infringement and the illegal sale of a DVD and CD box set of recordings and footage of the late singer's performances.
The company, which manages Presley's music publishing assets and a worldwide licensing program, says Joseph Pirzada is the source of the box set, which includes what it says is its copyrighted material taken from the 1977 television special "Elvis in Concert" as well as raw footage of the singer in Omaha, Nebraska and Rapid City in South Dakota, according to the Associated Press.
Elvis Presley Enterprises said it filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in the UK against Pirzada. It also says in a lawsuit filed in Florida that Bud Glass allegedly sold and distributed the box set in the United States without authorization. Glass and Pirzada have not commented.
Presley, the "King of Rock n' Roll," known for hits such as "Love Me Tender" and "Hound Dog," died in 1977 at at age 42 after suffering heart failure following years of abuse of drugs and prescription medications.