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Prince Suing Bloggers & Facebook Users For $22M


Do not mess with Prince and his music (read: copyrights). The renowned musician is suing 22 bloggers and Facebook users a cool $22M for bootlegging his live concerts. 

Reports Spin:

Prince is hitting the road, but maybe think twice before recording any of the shows and posting tracks online. His Purpleness 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. That could’ve bought a lot of Paisley Park pajama-party tickets.

According to the 21-page complaint filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco (via Antiquiet), 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 Hey, we’d like to hear that one.

So yeah, you may want to chill on hosting any Prince music online without proper permission.

If not, as is the case her, Prince will reportedly demand that you pay his lawyer fees, be taken to jury trial, get you permanently blocked from ever sharing his music, give back any money they made from the videos on top of the million dollars in damages.

Prince Rogers Nelson doesn’t play.


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  • Phil J.

    if they weren’t selling it for profit he can’t sue right? something about fair usage or another

    • steveadore

      What other reason would someone sell something than for a profit?

    • Meelah

      Fair use can be used if you can prove the purpose of your posting is for parody or non-profit educational reasons (like you’re showing as part of an expose on someone) but just posting the video online doesn’t fall under Fair use.

      Also someone can sue for anything. The person being sued has to decide how much money they’re willing to shell out for a lawyer while they wait for the court to decide if it has merit or not. A lot of people end up complying or settling instead of allowing it to go to court.

      In this case Prince could say the fact that they’ve posted videos of his concerts are causing people not to buy tickets for current or future concerts. Also if he plans on selling them why would anyone buy them if they can just watch them on the internet.

  • Meelah

    Really Prince? I get any of your recent concerts but a concert from 1983?

  • dwan

    Were you allowed to place that photo up of the “kang”. Be careful, you don’t want to be added to the list.