Prince slaps fans, Facebook users with $22 million lawsuit for posting bootleg videos

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UPDATE (Jan. 29, 2014): Prince drops lawsuit after online videos are removed

ORIGINAL POST: Prince, that well-documented hater of the internet, is at it again.

The legendary Minnesota luddite’s latest volley against the ones-and-zeroes comes in the form of a lawsuit filed against a group of online fans who’ve posted unauthorized Prince concert videos from the ’80s and beyond on Facebook and other places online.

As Consequence of Sound and The Guardian report, Prince’s court claim targets “22 internet users” for $1 million each. The people he’s suing include those who run Facebook tribute pages and other fan sites, which have been accused of “massive infringement and bootlegging of Prince’s material” that amounts to “up to thousands of separate acts of infringement and bootlegging.”

The plaintiff formerly known as Prince also alleges that the defendants — two of whom are named, with the rest remaining anonymous — “constitute an interconnected network of bootleg distribution which is able to broadly disseminate unauthorised copies of Prince’s musical compositions and live performances.”

Intense. You can read the 21-page lawsuit, filed in a San Francisco district court, here.

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