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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Prince Sues Random Facebook and Blogger Users Who Posted His Music and/or Videos Without Paying Him



Prince has always had a huge problem with people using his music and/or videos without paying him.  Well, he's taking this to a whole new level by suing  22 members of Facebook and Google’s Blogger for copyright violations and wants each of them pay $1 million.  
Spin.com releases the whole story:
“According to the 21-page complaint filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco (via Antiquiet), the defendants “engage in massive infringement and bootlegging of Prince’s material.” The lawsuit targets Dan Chodera, Karina Jindrova, and 20 anonymous defendants. Chodera and Jindrova allegedly operated a no-longer-online Facebook account that posted a bunch of bootleg Prince videos. The other defendants — “Does” 1 through 20 — are accused of similar infractions, such as pointing to a 1983 Chicago set from WorldofBootleg.blogspot.com. Hey, we’d like to hear that one.
Prince asks for a jury trial, which, though highly unlikely, would have to make for some fascinating courtroom drama. In addition to the $22 million total in damages, Prince wants the defendants permanently blocked from infringing on his copyrights. He also wants them to forfeit any money they may have made from his music — with interest — and to return any “unlawful materials” to their rightful Purple custody.”
Some say Prince is doing this to set an example - I say dude has too much time on his hands if he's searching the net for people using his material. He should be proud that people are still listening.
What are the chances of any of these defendants having $1 million to fork over? But I guess you'd better not post any of his videos or audio files, or he will come after you too.  



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