Prince is hitting the road, and he is not making any jokes about anyone bootlegging his music and live performances. You may want to think twice before recording any of the shows and posting tracks online.
Spin reports: Prince has filed a copyright lawsuit against 22 different users of Facebook and Google’s Blogger platform. And although he doesn’t know the identity of all the defendants, he’s demanding each pay $1 million in damages.
According to the 21-page complaint filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco (viaAntiquiet), the defendants “engage in massive infringement and bootlegging of Prince’s material.” The lawsuit targets Dan Chodera, Karina Jindrova, and 20 anonymous defendants. Chodera and Jindrova allegedly operated a no-longer-online Facebook account that posted a bunch of bootleg Prince videos. The other defendants — “Does” 1 through 20 — are accused of similar infractions, such as pointing to a 1983 Chicago set from WorldofBootleg.blogspot.com. Hey, we’d like to hear that one.
Prince asks for a jury trial, which, though highly unlikely, would have to make for some fascinating courtroom drama. In addition to the $22 million total in damages, Prince wants the defendants permanently blocked from infringing on his copyrights. He also wants them to forfeit any money they may have made from his music — with interest — and to return any “unlawful materials” to their rightful Purple custody. Oh, and they’d better cover his lawyers’ fees, too. The defendants haven’t commented publicly yet, but it’s theoretically possible they thought they were actually sharing concerts by Phish, right? Only, like, four letters off!
TMZ REPORTS:Call him the artist formerly known as “Plaintiff” … ’cause TMZ has learned Prince has officiallyDROPPED his $22 MILLION lawsuit against 22 “bootleggers” who allegedly posted footage of his concerts online.
Prince has only filed the original lawsuit less than 2 weeks ago … going after 22 anonymous bloggers (for $1 mil-a-piece) who posted concert footage on Facebook and other websites without Prince’s permission.
But after news of the lawsuit went public … it only took a few days before Prince decided to end his crusade on the bootleggers.
TMZ has obtained legal documents filed in federal court in California to dismiss his lawsuit … but it’s without prejudice, which means he could refile the suit if he feels like it. .
We reached out to Prince’s lawyer to find out why P had the change of heart — so far, no word back.