Eric Clapton backs down on collecting legal fees from woman selling bootleg CD on eBay

Eric Clapton performing live
(Image credit: Brian Rasic/WireImage)

Eric Clapton will not pursue collecting the legal fees of a woman he sued for attempting to sell a bootleg CD on eBay.

It emerged last week that following a successful lawsuit from Clapton, the 55-year-old German widow – known as Gabriele P – had been ordered by the Düsseldorf Regional Court to pay court costs for both herself and Clapton, reportedly totaling almost $4,000. The woman had listed the bootleg, Live USA – which her late husband bought from a department store nearly 30 years ago – for €9.95 (~$11).

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.