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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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1.

Mr. Pukey    

He would have had to sue as a symbol..

206 days ago
2.

Gissy    

lawuit? I feel like I'm on media takeout

206 days ago
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BLUE UGLY 💩    

No one hates their fans more than Prince

206 days ago
4.

TheRealDeal    

Good Lord that man is fine. Sue me, Prince. And then Do Me, Baby!

206 days ago
5.

Dead@27    

Little Man syndrome.

206 days ago
6.

MISFIT    

The information age technology has bestowed upon us is a beautiful thing. There's too many of us sharing information to put an end to it .Long Live Piracy!

206 days ago
7.

Yurra Knutz    

...But it was Saturday night, I guess that makes it all right
And you say, "What have I got to lose?"...

206 days ago
8.

the truth    

He must have been reading our comments

206 days ago
9.

Jordan    

What a Coward!!!!!!!!!!

206 days ago
10.

Clytemnestra    

"Skit" where are you?

206 days ago
11.

Mumra the Ever Living    

This was in the Huffington Post this morning.

206 days ago
12.

Blockboy720    

Prince can do what he wants he has true talent..

206 days ago
13.

Shantastic    

Most probably his lawyer gave him the bad news that none of the defendents have 1 mill :D

206 days ago
14.

nof    

Stealing from an artist is like kidnapping their kid.

They (we) work all their lives to get to this point -

It's like having their PIN and going to their ATM.

206 days ago
15.

nof    

Prince made his point.

This has to stop.

They're stealing millions of dollars.

Blatantly putting it up on sites like Facebook.

Who need to take more responsibility.

File-sharing sites need to go - and they are - but too slow.

Major props to Prince for fighting-back.

206 days ago
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