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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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46.

TuxThePenguin    

TMZ, take this story down, already. Prince is SO freakin' HOT my phone is burning up...25 studio albums, he can wail on the guitar! He has released five studio albums since "musicology. " now, run along children...nothin' to bitch about here...

204 days ago
47.

Ray In PV    

I guess since suing dancing babies isn't panning out too much, Prince decided to go after adults, but that doesn't seem to be doing any good either. Maybe he should try to write good music like he used to instead of trying to make a living from suing people.

204 days ago
48.

(◉_◉) Brush Your Teeth (◉_◉)    

Why do women find a man that looks like a girl "Sexy"?

204 days ago
49.

Clayton    

Too late Douchey McDouche. We already know what a douche you are.

204 days ago
50.

Alexander Almström    

"but we’d prefer they get it from us directly than from third parties who are scalpers rather than real fans of our work"

hm,,,when was the last time P released a live bootleg?

203 days ago
51.

TGSchanen    

I agree with Prince, but I do not agree with Homeland Security actively protecting the NFL's rights regarding knock-off super bowl stuff, and the support of all local news to report,"How to know if you are buying authentic super bowl stuff, and what will happen to you, if you buy the cheap knock-off (fake) stuff!"
Home Land Security was created to coordinate information between the NSA, CIA, FBI, and other law enforcement agencies. How does that mandate align Homeland Security with the NFL's copy rights / patents.

203 days ago
52.

ThomF    

well then post your videos on youtube so people can watch them.

203 days ago
53.

DangerDani666    

It was probably the latest blog entry from storiesaboutprince.com that convinced him! Just sayin'

203 days ago
54.

DangerDani666    

http://storiesaboutprince.blogspot.com/2014/01/prince-sues-twenty-two-people-for-one.html?m=1

203 days ago
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