Prince Sues Facebook Users Over Bootlegged Videos
It looks like the Purple One isn’t making nice with the Internet after all.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Prince has filed a $22 million lawsuit against a group of online fans who’ve uploaded bootlegged concert videos of the artist from the 80s and beyond.
The lawsuit targets “22 internet users” for $1 million for posting unauthorized content to Facebook pages and various online sites. Prince is suing the people who run those pages and sites for causing “massive infringement and bootlegging of Prince’s material” that amount to “up to thousands of separate acts of infringement and bootlegging.”
The 21-page lawsuit, filed in a San Francisco district court, also alleges that these users “constitute an interconnected network of bootleg distribution which is able to broadly disseminate unauthorised copies of Prince’s musical compositions and live performances.”
This lawsuit against bootleggers is just one of the many online battles Prince has fought in recent years. Prince has been vocal about his disdain for the Internet, and even though he did break down and join Twitter last year under the alias @3RDEYEGIRL, he still refuses to sell his music on iTunes and even claimed the Internet was dead in 2010.