His music is his and he doesn’t want the world sharing across the Internet.
Prince managed to keep his music, music videos and performances offline. He’s suing two of his mega-fans for copyright infringement and bootlegging his music.
Prince wants $1 million from each one of them.
The “When Doves Cry” singer filed suit against Dan Chodera and Karina Jindrov on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 — claiming the two have been bootlegging his performances.
“The Defendants rely on either Google’s Blogger platform or Facebook, or both, to accomplish their unlawful activity,” the court papers read.
The document continued with, “Defendants, rather than publishing lawful content to their blogs, typically publish posts that list all the songs performed at a certain Prince live show and then provide a link to a file sharing service where unauthorized copies of the performance can be downloaded.”
Prince claims his fans infringed on file sharing services — finding 363 illegal links to his work. Some of which dates back to performances from 1980s.
“Defendants’ infringements have caused and will continue to cause substantial, immediate and irreparable injury to Prince for which there is no adequate remedy at law.”
It continued with, “Prince has suffered and is continuing to suffer damages in an amount according to proof, but no less than $1 million per Defendant and, in addition, is also entitled to recover from Defendants costs and attorneys’ fees.”
Read the full court documents here.