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Prince Fans Upload Bootlegged Concerts. Prince Sues Them for $22 Million…

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What would you do if you found out your fans were uploading bootlegs of your concerts? Would you sue them for $1 million each? That’s exactly what Prince has done.

Prince has sued 22 people, accusing them of “massive infringement and bootlegging of Prince’s material“.

Prince is seeking $22 million from all users. Additionally, he wants to collect any money made from the recordings, interest, and legal fees.

The lawsuit names two people who used to run a bootleg site on Facebook (everyone else is listed anonymously).  One user is accused of uploading a concert from 1983 to Blogger.

The lawsuit also targets Prince fan sites, such as Purple House, Purple Kiss and Funky Experience Four .

Prince has a long history of anti-digital behavior.  “The internet’s completely over,” the Artist stated in 2010.  “I don’t see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else.”

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Comments (32)
  1. Maugarz

    This man is a genius.


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    1. Anonymous

      I don’t know if he’s a genius, but it’s nice to see that he stands up against abuse.

      Then again, most artists do these days.


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  2. FarePlay

    Prince rocks the house. He’s even won awards from Torrent Freak


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  3. Anonymous

    “Prince Fans Upload Bootlegged Concerts”

    Another typical Nina-mistake. Fans don’t steal. Criminals do.


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    1. Nina Ulloa

      those people uploading a concert from the 80s on a fan site are pure evil


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      1. Anonymous

        Easy now, :) it’s not about good and evil — just about piracy.

        But you still haven’t told us why you don’t like musicians, Nina?

        Exactly why is it that we, in your opinion, should work for free?


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        1. PiratesWinLOL

          No body is forcing you to do anything. Lots of people has made the new digital reality of streaming and filesharing work for them, but if you don’t like how things are, you are free to find yourself another job. Speaking of reality, according to the latest numbers the Swedish music sales increased 5,1 percent last year, with CDs 30 percent down and streaming 30 percent up.

          http://www.ifpi.se/wp-content/uploads/GLF-f%C3%B6rs%C3%A4ljningsstatistik-GLF-hel%C3%A5ret-2013.pdf


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          1. Anonymous

            …but are you Nina?


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            1. PiratesWinLOL

              You are repeating yourself too much these days, you should seek professional help.


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          2. Yves Villeneuve

            Can you list a minimum of 1000 unsigned artists who admittedly benefited from piracy?

            If I’m not mistaken piracy is illegal in Sweden. “filesharing” without permission is “theft”. Get a job if unable to afford what you consume, as this not good for the environment in addition to not good for population and economy.

            There are a lot of inactive subscribers in Sweden, somewhere around 90% of subscribers. Many Swedish subscribers have 2 and 3 subscriptions from TV, mobile and non-mobile Internet offerings.


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            1. PiratesWinLOL

              “this not good for the environment”

              How does transfering files on the internet hurt the environment? That’s a new one for me. In that case your music is not only defeating piracy, but is doing a whole lot for the environment. It is amazing how you show other artists the way to save the planet.

              “Can you list a minimum of 1000 unsigned artists who admittedly benefited from piracy?”

              Can you list a minimum of 10 unsigned artists who honestly wouldn’t give their right arm, to be the most shared artist on PirateBay?

              “There are a lot of inactive subscribers in Sweden, somewhere around 90% of subscribers. Many Swedish subscribers have 2 and 3 subscriptions from TV, mobile and non-mobile Internet offerings.”

              73.6% of all statistics on the internet are pulled out of thin air. Now give us a reputable source for this.


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              1. Yves Villeneuve

                Do some research on the Internet and its footprint on the planet. If everything was free do you think we would have much planet resources left?

                Yves Villeneuve, other posters on this site include Anonymous, SteveH owns an UK indie label and I assume he has at least 3-5 bands in which he successfully promotes their music, HansH owns a Dutch indie label and I assume successfully promotes 3-5 bands. These two indie labels have stated some of their streaming revenues in this forum so they are legit.

                Spotify reported 4.5 billion hours streamed in 2013. Assume Spotify users listen to as much music as American radio listeners(14+ hours per week). There are a minimum 80 million registered users as reported by Spotify 2 to 4 years ago and can also be found in DMN archives. Taking these hard facts into fair consideration, there are only 6.2 million active Spotify subscribers, meaning less than 7.5-10% of registered users at last report.

                Your turn.


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        2. Nina Ulloa

          oh yes. musicians should work for free like slaves, including myself. ◔_◔


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          1. Anonymous

            Ah, there we have it!

            Musicians should work for free because… you work for free! :)


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  4. Versus

    Good for him. He’s right.


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    1. Anonymous


      Wow.
      Nice Prince.
      So brave.
      Such handsome.
      Very hip.
      Many artist rights.
      Wow.


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      1. Anonymous

        Sometimes even doge gets it right. :)


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  5. PiratesWinLOL

    Mr. Symbol has always been a bit of a nutjob, but I guess that is just how it is with many great artists. This nonsens will properly end like when he tried to sue TPB, and he might change his mind next week. At least all his music is now readily available on the streaming services on the internet, which ended in 2010….


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      1. Nina Ulloa

        lol


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      2. Anonymous

        lol


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    1. Anonymous

      Are you by any chance Nina?


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      1. Anonymous

        lol


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      2. PiratesWinLOL

        I am afraid not. Maybe in my next life.

        How about you though? Are you by any chance a bitter old man, who can’t make it in the new world of streaming and internet?


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        1. Yves Villeneuve

          Because you attack the elderly I assume you are a self-entitled punk (not referring to a child/youth, btw) who thinks everyone should pay for what you can’t afford.


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          1. PiratesWinLOL

            I never said it was wrong to be a bitter old man and I care a lot for the elderly. Just look at my comment above, where I show concern for Mr. Anonymous and urge him to seek professional help, for what might be early signs of dementia.


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            1. Yves Villeneuve

              Thanks for proving my point. Enough said.


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        2. Anonymous

          “I am afraid not”

          Really? Wow, this is uncanny.


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  6. Anonymous

    GO PRINCE!

    PRINCE WAS RIGHT, THE INTERNET IS DEAD.


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    1. Anonymous

      LOL!


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    2. Anonymous

      If the Internet was on fire I wouldn’t even piss on it to dampen the flames.


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      1. Anonymous

        LOL!


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