“Fans Sharing Music With Each Other Is Great,” Says PRINCE…

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Wondering why Prince quickly dropped his $22 milllion lawsuit against bootlegging fans?  Prince initially sued 22 people for uploading and distributing bootlegged concerts, but dropped the suit less than two weeks after filing it.

A BBC reporter asked Prince about the lawsuit.  Here’s what he had to say about the abrupt change-of-heart:

“Nobody sues their fans. …I have some bootlegs of Lianne [La Havas] but I wouldn’t sell them. But fans sharing music with each other, that’s cool.”

Apparently Prince really does like his fans: The Artist also announced that he’s hoping to charge “about $10” for some upcoming UK shows.

7 Responses

  1. FarePlay

    Prince made his point and got some people to think twice about uploading material they don’t own. As we’ve seen, the legal system is a long, expensive response to piracy with mixed results.

    My congratulations to Prince for consistently speaking out about the basic unfairness of piracy, when few other artists have done so.

  2. Calvin

    I think Prince wasn’t as concerned with people sharing the bootlegs with each other (free of charge) it was more or less his stance against people profiting from selling bootlegs. See Ebay if you doubt people aren’t making money off of him. Some are pressed cds, so it’s like an “officially pressed bootleg” but some are cd-r s and u never know If what u are getting is legit, so I never buy anything off ebay unless I iknow it’s been officially released