The Artist Formerly Known as Prince cannot be held liable for infringing a derivative work that was created without the permission of the holder of the copyright in the pre-existing work, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed March 14 (Pickett v. Prince, 7th Cir., Nos. 99-2770, 99-2843, 3/14/00).

In an opinion by Chief Judge Richard A. Posner, the court also found that the district court abused its discretion in dismissing Prince’s counterclaim as untimely. It therefore remanded the suit for further proceedings on Prince’s copyright infringement claim.

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