Sure, Prince has embraced social media by setting up a Twitter account last year, but that doesn’t mean he’s just going to sit back and let people post bootleg versions of his live shows to their Facebook pages or blogs.
Over the last several years, it’s been virtually impossible to find a Prince performance on YouTube, want to know why? Because Prince is an artist and he’s serious about his shit, especially when it comes to people infringing on his copyrights.
Just how serious is his Purple Majesty?
How about to the tune of a $22 million total in damages. That’s $1 million for each of the defendants cited in a new lawsuit. 22 different users of Facebook and Blogger are now involved in a copyright lawsuit filed by his Purpleness.
According to the 21-page complaint filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, the defendants “engage in massive infringement and bootlegging of Prince’s material.” Currently the lawsuit only names 2 defendants: Dan Chodera, Karina Jindrova, and 20 anonymous defendants. Chodera and Jindrova no longer have the Facebook accounts where the bootlegs were posted. The other anonymous defendants are accused of taking part in similar activity as well.
Prince wants the defendants permanently blocked from infringing on his copyrights and is not only seeking a jury trial but also attorney fees, any money they may have made from his music, and to return all “unlawful materials” to him.
I bet these defendants never want to hear “Purple Rain” again.