Technology and social media causes frustration for many. Prince, the infamous recording artist is suing! The lawsuit is an attempt to protect his intellectual property. Those who have violated and infringed on Prince will have to answer to the courts. The lawsuit comes in the whopping amount of $22 million dollars.
Prince is suing a total of 22 internet users a million each for their alleged sharing of links and bootleg copies of his performances. The illegal footage and audio was shared on assorted on fan sites and several Facebook links. The court papers were filed in San Francisco—Prince Nelson was the official plaintiff in the filing with individuals named along with 20 others who remain anonymous.
It appears that those involved in the misdoings were aware that what they were doing was wrong. The language used in some of the blogs read, "The Ultimate Bootleg Experience" and "PSP Music Blog." One blog was said to contain 363 infringing links.
"The Defendants in this case engage in massive infringement and bootlegging of Prince's material," reads the lawsuit. "Prince has suffered and is continuing to suffer damages in an amount according to proof, but no less than $1 million per Defendant."
It will be interesting to see what the outcome of this matter will be. In 2012 a Minnesota woman was fined a hefty amount of $222,000 for sharing music files. Advanced technology is causing lawmakers to think about hard about how people who break the law online will face justice.
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