EXCLUSIVE: Eagles settle lawsuit with accused Long Island bootlegger
Don Henley and Glen Frey of "Eagles" were ready to take their lawsuit to the limit against a Long Island music man they accused of being a desperado trafficking in bootleg recordings of their concerts, but the rockers won in the long run.
The iconic duo's federal lawsuit against Bill Shelley has been settled with a permanent injunction against the self-proclaimed film archivist barring him from showing any audio recordings or video footage of the supergroup.
"'Eagles Footage' shall mean... any live performance of the Eagles or any of the Eagles Members, whether as a solo artist or part of another band such as 'The James Gang,' " according to papers filed in Long Island Federal Court.
Henley and Frey fired off a cease-and-desist letter when they learned the Avon Theater in Connecticut was advertising an October 2014 show called "Legends of Rock Live: The Eagles: 1976 Tour" with concert footage from Shelley's film vault.
"He canceled the show and the Eagles sued him anyway," Shelley's lawyer told The Daily News.
The band members demanded to view the unauthorized footage which Shelley was allegedly threatening to sell to buyers overseas, court papers state.
Shelley failed to produce the film in court last summer, although he really couldn't tell why. Shelley brought a video to court in October, but the Eagles weren't on the tape.
Magistrate Kathleen Tomlinson didn't exactly accuse Shelley of having lying eyes, but she noted: "the Court has no assurance that Shelley undertook any search in response to the discovery demands in this case."
After the stormy court session, both sides apparently decided to take it easy and settle the case. Shelley's lawyer said aside from the injunction, the settlement is confidential so she wouldn't say whether money changed hands.
"My clients have put a lot of money into this... not because we're trying to take something from Mr. Shelley but because we're trying to protect the legacy of the band," Eagles lawyer Thomas Jirgal said, according to a transcript of the hearing last summer.
Shelley's lawyer said she has "no personal knowledge" whether he has bootleg concert footage of the band.