Eric Clapton Wins Case Against Woman Selling Bootleg CD Via eBay

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Eric Clapton has won a legal case against a woman selling a bootleg CD of the singer on eBay.

The woman who is from Germany claimed that she was not aware she was committing copyright infringement by listing this album – an authorised recording of a Clapton concert from the 1980s.

She listed the the CD at a price for €9.95 (£8.45) on the site.

Clapton affadavit

Eric Clapton sent an affadavit to Düsseldorf Regional Court.

The affadavit stated that recordings on the disc were illegal. This also led to the court’s initial decision in favour of Clapton.

Following this, the woman lodged an appeal. She had claimed that the CD was bought in a department store by her late husband in 1987.

Her appeal was subsequently rejected, while the judge ruled that it was irrelevant, saying that she did not buy the album herself.

Following the rejected appeal, she has now been asked by the court to pay the legal fees for both parties. These fees amount to €3,400 in total (£2,889).

She could even face a fine or a prison sentence if she continued to sell the CD.

“We will appeal again”, said the defendant’s sollicitor Klaus Günther.

Last month, Eric Clapton explained how he coped with the tragic death of his four year old son Conor in 1991. This tragedy prompted Clapton to write his track “Tears In Heaven”.

On the track, Clapton said, “I tried to heal myself, and all I could do was play and write these songs, and I rewrote and re-performed them again and again and again until I felt like I’d made some sort of move towards the surface of my being”.

He added, “I tried to heal myself, and all I could do was play and write these songs, and I rewrote and re-performed them again and again and again until I felt like I’d made some sort of move towards the surface of my being”. 

Find out what else he said via Nova’s report here.