LOS ANGELES (Hypebot) – Last week Prince continued his career long litigious streak with a new attack on some of his biggest fans. A lawsuit filed in San Francisco court seeks to punish fans who found links to old concert videos of Prince concerts and posted them on Facebook and blogs. The suit names 22 fans – 20 as yet unidentified – and asks for $1 million each or $22 million in damages.
The 21 page suit targets mostly Prince fan sites with names like Purple House, Purple Kiss and Funky Experience Four for sharing bootleg recordings. The lawsuit alleges that they "constitute an interconnected network of bootleg distribution which is able to broadly disseminate unauthorised copies of Prince's musical compositions and live performances".
On the unofficial Prince forum prince.org, fans reacted negatively:
Another lawsuit once again….?????
is this a joke, what a black day in Prince history.
Proven once again: Prince is an a*sehole. mad sad sad sad
Another reason for me to quit the Prince world, his new music sucks anyway.