Sunday Times faces £156,000 damages over Jimi Hendrix CD

CD of Royal Albert Hall 1969 Hendrix performance distributed by Sunday Times failed copyright cleara

The Times is likely to face damages of up to £156,000 after it lost a high court copyright infringement case over a Jimi Hendrix CD given away with the Sunday Times, reports the Guardian.

The covermount CD distributed in September 2006 by the paper contained 10 tracks from a live performance by the late rock guitarist's group, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, at London's Royal Albert Hall in February 1969.

Experience Hendrix and Last Experience, two US companies associated with the Hendrix estate, filed a suit in May 2008 claiming that the newspaper failed to seek proper copyright clearance for distributing the CD.

They also claimed that they were planning to release the footage of Hendrix's 1969 concert as a film accompanied by DVDs and CDs, and that their plan had been delayed due to the paper's giving away the CD for free.

High court judge Sir William Blackburne ruled that the Sunday Times' giveaway had delayed the receipt of $5.8m in earnings to the two firms from the Hendrix concert film by a year.

He ordered The Times to pay damages equivalent to one year's interest on that sum.