Steve Perry is embroiled in a legal battle with musician Phil Brown over recordings they made in the early '90s.
Last November, Perry filed suit against Brown, claiming that Brown has no right to release the demos they made. A California judge agrees, as he has denied Brown's request that the suit be dismissed.
In 2002, Brown claimed a copyright interest in the songs and wanted to release them. Perry threatened legal action and Brown went away. Now that Perry released a new album, Traces, last fall, Brown wants to capitalize on that by putting the songs out. Perry issued a cease and desist, but that was ignored, which is why Perry has sued.
Perry is seeking damages for violation of his publicity rights and false endorsement. Brown claims he has "at all times maintained both creative and physical control" over the recordings and has the right to license, sell or otherwise monetize the works without Perry's consent.