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Prince

DROPS $22 Million Lawsuit

Against Alleged Music Bootleggers [Update]

1/28/2014 6:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Call him the artist formerly known as "Plaintiff" ... 'cause TMZ has learned Prince has officially DROPPED his $22 MILLION lawsuit against 22 "bootleggers" who allegedly posted footage of his concerts online.

Prince has only filed the original lawsuit less than 2 weeks ago ... going after 22  anonymous bloggers (for $1 mil-a-piece) who posted concert footage on Facebook and other websites without Prince's permission.

But after news of the lawsuit went public ... it only took a few days before Prince decided to end his crusade on the bootleggers.

TMZ has obtained legal documents filed in federal court in California to dismiss his lawsuit ... but it's without prejudice, which means he could refile the suit if he feels like it. .

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6:53 AM PT -- Prince's lawyer has issued a statement to TMZ explaining why the singer decided to drop the lawsuit: "Because of the recent pressure, the bootleggers have now taken down the illegal downloads and are no longer engaging in piracy."

"We recognize the fans craving for as much material as possible, but we’d prefer they get it from us directly than from third parties who are scalpers rather than real fans of our work."

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16.

nof    

My prayer, prediction and hope is that Prince returns to scoring films, pictures, movies.

Beginning with mine and ours.

213 days ago
17.

GagasTootsieRoll    

But wait ... Who listens to Prince

213 days ago
18.

Kendall C    

He wasn't tall enough to speak into the microphone at the witness stand even if he was sitting on a NYC phone book....

213 days ago
19.

StammerTimeFTW    

Great! Where's our Pancakes?

213 days ago
20.

TuxThePenguin    

Prince is a "Master Musician." That's a FACT! Look it up!!!! he is a master of virtuosity!

213 days ago
21.

TuxThePenguin    

hey Jay... i'd do him with YOUR d*ck!!!

213 days ago
22.

spectator72    

If A fan downloads a bootleg concert .That same fan will buy a studio Cd ,DVD,,or Album . A artist is not going to lose money unless it's copyright .

213 days ago
23.

Susy    

Wow, he looks amazing!

213 days ago
24.

Constance    

He should have done so. I was really beginning to dislike him. He already is more of a diva than any other artist...

213 days ago
25.

FELÖRIN    

WHAT AN OXYMORON

IG: MORALESFJOSE

213 days ago
26.

Brian    

It's dumb to sue over this now. It's not the 90's. Fans post videos of everyone now. If they aren't selling the videos and aren't making professional videos without his permission then no big deal. It keeps him around at least.

213 days ago
27.

DDKITTY    

He aged well. And he doesn't have a creepy plastic surgery face.

213 days ago
28.

kay    

As if any of them had a million dollars in the bank just waiting to give to him...

213 days ago
29.

jenlolo    

OMG I don't think someone is going to steal "purple" or pretent to be a owner of his songs ... Artist are so afraid nowdays, SMH For .99c +tax I can buy the right to listen to any song just like someone paying for a bus/subway/flight ticket we are not going to steal the bus or plane ... SMH we can't even make a fckng collage with our favorite music anymore without like 10 names claiming it's their song !! They don't even know what song is it ... SMH well establish artists are the ones crying over everything !!! Damn

213 days ago
30.

barb    

He's one sexymother****er...

213 days ago
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