A group of fans on Facebook along with other Internet bloggers, are being sued by Prince for posting links to downloads of his 1980s live concerts. Twenty-two individuals have been named, and face damage claim that totals $22 million. According to the complaint filed in US District Court in San Francisco, the defendants were involved in “a massive infringement and bootlegging of Prince’s material”.
According to Prince himself, the Facebook group and the website WorldOfBootleg.blogspot.com provide links to a file-sharing service, of unauthorized copies of over 363 copyright infringing music file links to performances, and all songs performed, available for download for fellow fans and music aficionados. Prince is also asking for a permanent injunction, to protect himself for future copyright infringements.
Prince has been notorious for fiercely protecting his copyright. Most notably, he went after a mother in 2007, for uploading a video on YouTube, featuring her baby dancing to his hit “Let’s Go Crazy”.
In other music news, with the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ British Invasion on US soil approaching, their historical landing at JFK airport is expected to be recreated next month by UK officials and a tribute band. The UK Trade and Investment officials are joining the VisitBritain officials, in accompanying the Cavern City Beatles of Liverpool to the airport, as a way to spark interest in Beatles-related tourism, by recreating the moment the Beatles arrived in the United States, thus beginning Beatlemainia.