Prince Revokes $22 million Lawsuit Against Own 'Bootlegger' Fans
Prince has dismissed the $22 million lawsuit against his fans only days after news of this surfaced, claiming "the bootleggers have now taken down the illegal downloads and are no longer engaging in piracy."
Prince must have realized it is not the best career move to try and take more money away from fans.
The 55 year-old recently filed a copyright infringement lawsuit, in the Northern District of California on Jan 16th, against 22 people for $1 million each, totalling to a $22 million.
Prince targeted individuals who have uploaded bootlegged videos to a Facebook fan page, and for allegedly posting links to illegal downloads of his live performances.
"The Defendants in this case engage in massive infringement and bootlegging of Prince's material," the lawsuit read. "Defendants rely on either Google's Blogger platform or Facebook, or both, to accomplish their unlawful activity."
Adding, "Rather than publishing lawful content to their blogs, they typically publish posts that list all the songs performed at a certain Prince live show and then provide a link to a file sharing service where unauthorized copies of the performance can be downloaded."
But on late Tuesday evening (Jan 28th) the musician, real name Prince Rogers Nelson, dropped the lawsuit against the 22 'bootleggers', TMZ reports.
The lawsuit was filed two weeks ago but as soon as this news went public, it only took a matter of days before the 'Purple Rain' singer revoked it.
However, the legal papers were dismissed without prejudice, meaning Prince could refile the suit in the future.
The gossip site received a statement from Prince's lawyer which read, "Because of the recent pressure, the bootleggers have now taken down the illegal downloads and are no longer engaging in piracy."
Adding, "We recognize the fans craving for as much material as possible, but we'd prefer they get it from us directly than from third parties who are scalpers rather than real fans of our work."
Prince is no longer suing his fans