Prince’s ambivalence toward the Internet is well known. Now, the singer formerly known as an unpronounceable symbol is taking legal action against fans for allegedly bootlegging his music via the Web.
Prince is suing 22 internet users believed to be among his fans, accusing them of sharing bootlegs of his concerts. The musician is demanding $1m (£605,000) each from the owners of websites and Facebook pages that he claims enabled the free distribution of recordings of his concerts…The mostly anonymous defendants are accused of engaging in “massive infringement and bootlegging of Prince’s material”, with each web page contributing to “up to thousands of separate acts of infringement and bootlegging.
Later, he declared the Internet “over.”