The defendants are accused of "massive infringement and bootlegging of Prince’s material"
Prince has filed a $22 million lawsuit against bootleggers of his material, tackling 22 individual offenders to the sum of $1 million each.
The lawsuit, which was filed last week, accuses the defendants of participating in “massive infringement and bootlegging of Prince’s material”, specifically picking out a set from 1983 which was shared via WorldOfBootleg.blogspot.com.
The documents – which can be read in full here – specifically name Dan Chodera and Karina Jindrova as particular offenders, while the rest of the 20 are merely listed as DOES 1-20. In the lawsuit, Prince’s attorney states “each defendant is responsible for up to thousands of separate acts of infringement and bootlegging” before going on to discuss each individual party’s personal unlawful acts. At the moment, it is currently unconfirmed whether the case will go to trial.
Meanwhile, earlier today (January 24), Prince confirmed that he would be making his live comeback with a series of gigs in and around London called the Hit & Run Tour.
The exact dates of the gigs will be announced during a press conference at singer Lianne La Havas’ house on February 3. The singer struck up a friendship with Prince during an American tour of her 2012 debut ‘Is Your Love Big Enough?’. The tour itself, meanwhile, will be in support of forthcoming album ‘Plectrumelectrum’ – the first record to feature his new band 3rdeyegirl. Prince has stated that the dates will take place at “iconic venues” in and around the capital, although details as to where are yet to be unveiled.