Eric Clapton successfully sues widow who tried to sell bootleg CD
English classic rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Eric Clapton emerged victorious in a recent lawsuit against a widow who tried to sell a counterfeit Clapton CD belonging to her late husband on eBay, as Rolling Stone and several other outlets reported it this week.
The lawsuit appears to be a reactionary move by Clapton, 76, who recently seemed determined to alienate some of his fans by refusing to play shows where COVID-19 vaccination is required and calling pandemic safety rules “propaganda.” The musician known as “Slowhand” has recently aligned himself with fellow singer Van Morrison in this regard.
The woman in the costume, a 55-year-old German named Gabriele, inherited the unofficial name Eric Clapton – Live USA album her husband purchased around 1986. But after listing it for sale on eBay in July, she received a takedown notice from the auction site followed by an affidavit from Clapton’s lawyers claiming the recording had been made without the consent of the musician.
“They told me Eric Clapton complained,” Gabriele told German newspaper Bild last month. “The CD would have been recorded illegally. First I received a warning, then the decision. My husband bought the CD in a department store, not…under the counter.”
She has now been ordered to pay a fine of nearly $4,000.
In a November interview with anti-vaccine advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. about advocating for The defender podcast, Clapton seemed to suggest that the friends in his personal life are currently dwindling in the same way that some of his fans seem to be these days.
The guitarist said: “Over the past year there have been a lot of disappearances – little dust with people moving away pretty quickly. And that has, for me, honed the kind of friendships I ‘ai. And it boiled down to people who I obviously really need and love.”
Clapton’s views are not new, however. In 1976, he infamously delivered a racist rant on stage in England.
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