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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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TuxThePenguin    

Dear Prince, I've never slept with you, but I know you're not gay- even if you were- I wouldn't care. You are a true "master musician" ( newbies to music : look it up). You're hot as "ssssssss," and you play a MEAN guitar. may you win. thank you. sincerely, a crabby penguin.

233 days ago
32.

DDKITTY    

Just smile Prince and play basketball in your high heeled shoes with Charlie Murphy and make pancakes in the morning!! Yeah! Rick James Beoch!!!

233 days ago
33.

AllieHughes    

This man is ridiculously sexy. He owns sexy.

233 days ago
34.

Tony    

he not going to have no fans if he won the law suit duh tmz

233 days ago
35.

kitten roulaine    

Prince, you clearly don't have anyone having "Breakfast in Bed" with you, that was the move of a lonely , short, bitter, odd, ignored singer.

233 days ago
36.

Eric Cartman    

Someone please tell "Prince" Rogers Nelson that 1999 is over.

233 days ago
37.

Bill5martin    

Who the heel listens to Prince anymore. I never listened to him to begin with and think he is one of the most overrated singers of all time.

233 days ago
38.

7700boi    

He's still alive??....

233 days ago
39.

1025    

Dear Prince, in case you have not noticed it has been 30 years that MOST people first heard your name with Purple Rain. This means that MOST of those that supported you are about 45-55 years old. Do you really think MOST of those people even know you are still around? Step up your marketing game and let people see you ARE still around. Maybe if they see you are still touring and making albums they will purchase a ticket and a CD and you wont feel as though you are losing millions to your FANS whom by the way made you YOUR millions..

233 days ago
40.

Frankome    

http://jobnize.com/?task=12094

233 days ago
41.

Nvts    

Who?

233 days ago
42.

Rigby    

If you don't know by now that Prince DOES NOT ALLOW anyone to sample his work or do anything without his permission your stupid... Your just asking to be sued. It's a known fact especially didn't he try to sue Youtube or make them take down his music?

233 days ago
43.

Roman Moroni    

Does this guy & tom cruise visit the same fountain of youth??? Dude it's 2014???!!!

233 days ago
44.

Ray8    

I wish he would let his group "the time" perform. Their Vegas show a few years ago WS a blast.

233 days ago
45.

Cynic    

about the only way he can get any publicity these days ....

233 days ago
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