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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Ben (profile) says:

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.

ltlw0lf (profile) says:

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.

out_of_the_blue says:

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)

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