Prince taking legal action against internet users who share bootlegs

by Martin
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Last week we shared the news that Prince is set to tour “in and around London” next month settling months of speculation that a tour was happening.

While we don’t have anymore tour news as of yet it turns out that Prince is cracking down on internet users who have been posting links to bootlegs of live recordings featuring the singer online.

The US icon it turns out isn’t impressed with (to be exact) 22 people who have been sharing unauthorised live recordings of him around the internet.

Prince is apparently claiming roughly $22 million for the sharing of the bootlegs on various blogs and sites like Facebook.

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The court action was initiated earlier in the month and reads: “The defendants in this case engage in massive infringement and bootlegging of Prince’s material.

“For example, in just one of the many takedown notices sent to Google with respect to Doe 2 (aka DaBang319), Prince identified 363 separate infringing links to file-sharing services, with each link often containing copies of bootlegged performances of multiple separate musical compositions.”

It continues: “Prince has suffered and is continuing to suffer damages in an amount according to proof, but no less than $1 million per Defendant.”

Users it seems are being targeted for posting the links to the footage, even if they didn’t record it themselves.

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As we said in the beginning however Prince is coming to London next month for a series of shows but exact dates aren’t yet confirmed.

He’ll make the announcement in the living room of singer Lianne La Havas and a press release regarding the shows was released which states:

“To celebrate the release of ‘PLECTRUMELECTRUM’, the highly anticipated debut album from 3RDEYEGIRL, his all-female rock trio, Prince is planning to play iconic venues in and around London starting Feb 3rd.”

Do you agree with Prince taking people to court over bootlegs copies of his music? Will you be going to see him on tour? Let us know in the comments below.