That Was Fast: Prince Has Already Filed To Dismiss Ridiculous Lawsuit Against 22 Fans

from the prince-world dept

Just a couple days ago, we wrote about the ridiculously laughable lawsuit that Prince had filed against 22 fans for merely linking to bootlegs. Beyond the stupidity of suing fans, suing over linking and suing over bootlegs, we pointed out a variety of legal problems with the lawsuit, including the fact that Prince's lawyer seemed confused about how copyright damages actually work, the nature of direct vs. indirect copyright infringement and a few other issues. So, perhaps it shouldn't be that surprising that it took just a few days for Prince's lawyers to file to dismiss the lawsuit. They're doing so without prejudice, which is standard, but does mean they could try to sue again at a later date, should Prince wake up at 3am in January in Minnesota and decide that, rather than needing a camel, he wants to sue some of his biggest fans all over again.


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    GeneralEmergency (profile), Jan 29th, 2014 @ 12:14pm

    Doh!

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    Prince, A.K.A. The artist formerly known as 'Petitioner'.

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    Gwiz (profile), Jan 29th, 2014 @ 12:25pm

    Re: Doh!

    Prince, A.K.A. The artist formerly known.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 29th, 2014 @ 12:38pm

    Re: Re: Doh!

    Technically, it's "that artist formerly known as The artist formerly known as..." ad infinitum. But for sanity reasons, we call him, Sweet Prince.

     

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    out_of_the_blue, Jan 29th, 2014 @ 12:48pm

    And now, everyone KNOWS names of his biggest fans...

    Bet their sites received many new visits. Besides everyone is reminded how awesome Prince was/is.

    So, cheap publicity.

    Mike loves, and in his minor way, benefits from these stunts.

    Pirates: next time you wish to "share", just email the artist and see if you can get permission... (191 of 192)

    08:48:33[j-305-6]

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 29th, 2014 @ 1:04pm

    What were the lawyers thinking?

    You have to wonder why the lawyers files flawed suits in the first place. Maybe it was the Prince world effect, where no one can tell him no.

     

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    kenichi tanaka (profile), Jan 29th, 2014 @ 1:04pm

    All this means is that they'll be refiling their lawsuit correctly.

     

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    That One Guy (profile), Jan 29th, 2014 @ 1:08pm

    Re: What were the lawyers thinking?

    I imagine it was something along the lines of 'This guy has no idea what he's asking for, obviously doesn't know the law, but I'm getting paid the same anyway, and I'd probably be replaced if I pointed this out, so might as well.'

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 29th, 2014 @ 1:22pm

    strange how having a lot of money gained from having fans seems to breed total idiots who want to do what they can to fuck those fans off and lose the earnings!

     

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    Mike, Jan 29th, 2014 @ 1:24pm

    Prince, or whatever the Hell is name is, is so yester-year. Just another has-been looking for relevancy!

     

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    DannyB (profile), Jan 29th, 2014 @ 1:33pm

    Re: Doh!

    Can the name of the complaining party in a lawsuit be an unpronounceable symbol?

    Or could it be "the artist formerly known as Prince"?


    Could dismissing the lawsuit be due to entering the manic phase? Can we then expect the lawsuits to be re-filed again?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 29th, 2014 @ 1:36pm

    Re:

    It's caused by the long term effects of benzoylmethylecgonine on the brain.

     

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    alan turing, Jan 29th, 2014 @ 2:06pm

    Re: Re: Doh!

    More likely than not it is indicative of the poor fellow coming down from the manic phase, when logic once again makes an appearance.

     

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    Ben (profile), Jan 29th, 2014 @ 2:08pm

    Re: Re: Doh!

    Prince, formerly known as an unpronounceable symbol, I believe was under a contract with Warner Brothers such that he could not use "Prince" for a number of years (or was it albums?) unless it was with Warner Brothers. Since he was having "artistic differences" with them he was in the position of not being able to go elsewhere under the name "Prince". He started using "Prince" again in 2000.

    I wonder if any of the 22 people formerly known as "defendant" have recourse to punishing Prince for the suits.

     

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    That One Guy (profile), Jan 29th, 2014 @ 2:13pm

    So can we now refer to this as 'The lawsuit formerly filed on behalf of the artist formerly known as Prince'?

     

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    beat box, Jan 29th, 2014 @ 2:30pm

    Re: And now, everyone KNOWS names of his biggest fans...

    He's that sneaky and clever, I wouldn't put it past him.

     

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    beat box, Jan 29th, 2014 @ 2:32pm

    Re: Re: And now, everyone KNOWS names of his biggest fans...

    Prince not Mike. I fell into that one.

     

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    Daemon_ZOGG, Jan 30th, 2014 @ 1:40am

    "PRINCE Has ALREADY Filed To Dismiss RIDICULOUS Lawsuit Against 22 Fans

    Old-Fart syndrome set in too early for prince a long time ago. Not the first time he's gone after fans. Somebody must have switched out his Geritol with a placebo or something, again.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 30th, 2014 @ 6:57am

    The artist currently known as "wack-job."

     

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    ltlw0lf (profile), Jan 30th, 2014 @ 7:18am

    Re: Re: Re: Doh!

    I wonder if any of the 22 people formerly known as "defendant" have recourse to punishing Prince for the suits.

    IANAL, but from what I understand listening to Ken @ PopeHat / DTD / FCT all these years, they only could if they already responded to the complaint. I am pretty sure most of them were still looking for lawyers or may not have even been aware yet that they were being sued.

     

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