Prince Is Suing 22 Bootleggers for $22 Million

World famous singer filed lawsuit against Internet.

Prince Is Suing 22 Bootleggers for $22 Million
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Prince is suing Internet users for $22 million, Consequence of Sound reports.

In a 21-page lawsuit filed last week in the US District Court in San Francisco, Prince Rogers Nelson launched a massive lawsuit against 22 internet users for $1 million each. Prince and his attorneys accuse the collective of participating in "massive infringement and bootlegging of Prince's material." While most of the 22 individuals are anoymous, the claim does specifically mention Dan Chodera and Karina Jindrova, who used to operate a bootlegging fansite on Facebook. The suit's 20 anonymous users, referred to as "Does 1-20," are leveled with similar offenses, including sharing a 1983 Chicago set via WorldofBootleg.blogspot.com.

Prince's legal team is asking for a jury trial, though with so many plaintiffs having anonymous status, it seems unlikely. In addition to the $22 million pay-out, Prince is also seeking any profits generated from from the material, plus interest and legal fees. The users would also be banned from "engaging in any further alleged violations of Prince's rights."

This latest development in just a long line of anti-Internet behavior from the Purple One. In 2010, he went and quit the Internet, explaining that computers "fill your head with numbers and that can't be good for you." He's also come out against iTunes and much of the digital music revolution's impact on how music is consumed.

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    absumone
    He already dropped the lawsuit
    DimeBatteryDrrl
    The artist formely known as Prince, now known as Prince, formely known as the artist who tried to sue his fans for wishing to relive his concert, now known as the artist Prince who realized how stupid that made him look
    dewitt
    He's also recanted his boycott of the internet and has been putting out some pretty decent stuff online over the last year or two with his new band, 3RDEYEGIRL. P.S. The drummer is a fox.
    wfbrady09
    To top it off all the girls in 3RDEYEGIRL are not just looks, they are extremely talented too. I wish I was half as good as they are.
    DickHardwood
    Not surprised, if Prince could destroy the internet he ****ing would. He hates that there are songs of his in youtube for crying out loud.
    cyclonus
    Even songs that aren't his, got his cover of Radiohead's Creep taken off even though Radiohead told youtube to keep it up there
    TomM96
    "Well, tell him to unblock it. It's . . . our song." ~ Thom Yorke
    caseharr33
    Go ahead sue the bootleggers, Prince lost all respect from me when he went after a mother and small child dancing a 27 second clip from one of his songs. You may have talent, you may have been screwed by the music industry, but when you start screwing the people who bust there ass everyday to afford a seat in an arena to see you play...You will soon find yourself your only audience.
    Macejko
    Charging people for recording concerts for their own... that is pathetic in my book
    Metallidethium
    Chances are if they're bootlegging anything, they don't have a million dollars laying around. Not to condone piracy but his viewpoints are definitely behind the times.
    YeahIPlayGuitar
    What a prize ****. Any profits generated plus legal fees, while petty in one view, is fair enough to the artist as it's their material and the money is owed them. But a million dollars each on top is just silly. Plus the fact that he's already a multi millionaire just makes the whole thing preposterous.
    southernsoulo
    "Computers fill your head with numbers..and that cant be good" sais prince.Lol to much purple rain for him.
    Dannym95
    Controversy.
    iommi600
    Isn't suing poor people for $22 million something that... a bellend would do?
    Salvo416
    It's something Gene Simmons would do.
    Dannym95
    Speaking of Gene Simmons, have you heard those long audio clips on YouTube of him presumably reading from his book about how Ace Frehley and Peter Criss were basically drug-addicted nightmares? It's kinda funny
    joee75
    Maybe Prince should donate some money to Gene for a new DECENT FUCKING RUG!!!!
    opusthecat
    Yeah well coming from a huge Ace fan, I'd say they're probably true---even if he's tacky for saying them.
    Kylianvb
    The problem is that Prince is not a malicious guy, but he lives in a completely different universe. He's one of the most talented artists I can think of, and I personally still like the new tracks he puts out. Prince just doesn't understand why things can't always go his way though. If anyone here has 30 minutes, this is one of the best stories I've ever heard on Prince, and it explains a lot to me about his personality.
    trebor70
    I have enormous respect for Prince as a musician and artist. The guy is amazing, and he's an astonishingly good guitarist. But like many artists, it sounds like personally he's kind of a jackass, and this type of thing reinforces that impression.
    Grey Dread
    So... mix tapes back in the day wasn't bootlegging. Copying LPs onto cassettes wasn't bootlegging. VHSing movies from HBO wasn't bootlegging. All of a sudden, because it's digital it's bootlegging? Can somebody help me out here? I don't get it.
    cmvideo
    I think it's the distributing the bootlegs to a lot of other people that is the problem. I'm not agreeing with Prince but that's where digital is different. Much easier to speread the bootleg to thousands of people.
    ryanbwags
    Much easier to spread. Plus, the format is lossless. Back in the days of tapetrading, you would be making copies of copies of copies. Even a first generation copy from an LP to a cassette has a noticeable loss in quality. Every subsequent generation is another 50% loss in quality on top of that. With digital, you can make copies of copies with absolutely no change in quality. That's a big reason why anti piracy stuff is so big today.
    Kueller917
    All of those things were complained about by the industry. Each time a new recording method came out there were cries it would be the end of media. Go figure, it's still here.
    mtlca123
    Even if he weren't the "closest of friends" with Lars Ulrich, you'd think that he'd learn from his mistake. :/
    ibanez124
    Never was a Prince fan, but to sue people off of concert footage. That is just lame
    mrsuns10
    one of my teachers thinks Prince is better than Led Zeppelin.....I nearly jumped out of the window hearing that
    dewitt
    I don't think that's so crazy. Prince might just be more talented than any one member of Led Zeppelin alone (not to say they aren't/weren't each incredibly talented, as well), even if he's not seen as being as 'cool' as they are now. Plus, he's written some great songs throughout his career. Also, they usually play extremely different styles of music, so it could just be a matter of taste. I personally like them both. I'd probably take Zeppelin over Prince most days of the week, but I can still easily accept the fact that someone else wouldn't.
    guitarist5477
    Is it really necessary to do that. He'd make a bigger point if he just tried to sue them without taking the cash, then at least he wouldn't like as much a crazy loon seeking cash.
    social390js
    When things like this come up, I really don't know how to react. On one hand, it is his music and while everyone and their mother steals music these days with the convince of the internet he still does have ownership to it. However, on the other hand I think it's kind of ambitious to try to put a cap on it. I think a lot of artists have accepted that most of their money is going to come from lives. I think that it causes more negative press towards them to try to "sue" the copywriters because it makes them seem like they are money grubbing from their fans. I do respect artists in the fact that their heart and soul goes into their music as a musician myself. I'm currently in the process of writing an album. If anyone is interested in my process you can visit my blog at When things like this come up, I really don't know how to react. On one hand, it is his music and while everyone and their mother steals music these days with the convince of the internet he still does have ownership to it. However, on the other hand I think it's kind of ambitious to try to put a cap on it. I think a lot of artists have accepted that most of their money is going to come from lives. I think that it causes more negative press towards them to try to "sue" the copywriters because it makes them seem like they are money grubbing from their fans. I do respect artists in the fact that their heart and soul goes into their music as a musician myself. I'm currently in the process of writing an album. If anyone is interested in my process you can visit my blog at