Prince Sues 22 Bootleggers for $1M Each
Not all fans happy with singer's move
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2014 10:40 AM CST
Pop superstar Prince speaks during a press conference in London, in this May 8, 2007 file photo.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, file)

(Newser) – Prince takes bootlegging seriously—very seriously. He's suing 22 people who allegedly posted his live performances online, and he wants $1 million from each of them, the Independent reports. The lawsuit claims the fans posted bootleg copies of the performances—some of which are from as long ago as 1983—to Facebook or Google's Blogger service, and that they allowed others to download unauthorized copies of the files. One individual alone is allegedly responsible for 363 unlawful file sharing links, the New York Daily News reports.

Prince fans are split in their reactions to the news, the BBC reports. On one fan forum, a user wrote, "Doing things like this is making him lose more and more fans." Prince is well-known for hitting back at bootleggers via lawsuit. Another fan called it "a black day in Prince history," while a third called Prince "crazy" and noted that he doesn't exactly need the money. But other fans expressed support: "I appreciate Prince's music and Prince himself enough to be against people who go against his rights as an artist," wrote one.

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Jan 30, 2014 8:29 AM CST
Musicians should know that in this day & age that if they want to make money have concerts and perform for us. We can't copy or steal that, "yet" because its an experience. Anything, Your Music, pictures, Movies, books, anything that can be digitized and put on the net no longer belongs to the individual. It belongs to all of us on the net if you want it. Some people don't like that, but its the truth, and its not going to ever be fully stopped. I admit, I do not think those that copy or bootleg should be making Any money off the items they have digitized. That I think would be wrong... *Smirks* Kinda Ironic when a Pirate says that something is wrong, *Laughs*
Jan 29, 2014 12:42 AM CST
There's actually 22 people that listen to his music? Who'd have thunk it?
Jan 28, 2014 11:19 PM CST
I have no respect for the man, and will actively ensure that he never receives any more of my money. What is the point? Have thousands of people seen these bootlegs and decided "well, I don't need to go to a Prince concert because I've seen a cell phone recording of one"?