Prince Rogers Nelson, singer-songwriter, famously known as Prince, has decided to drop a $22 million lawsuit against 22 bootleggers who were allegedly involved in posting footage of his performances on Facebook and other websites.
According to TMZ, Prince, who filed the lawsuit earlier this month, has decided on dismissing it without prejudice, which means, he has the option to re-file the lawsuit if he chooses to do so. The reason why the singer dropped the lawsuit remains unclear.
According to reports, the lawsuit that was filed at San Francisco’s U.S. District Court stated that “the defendants in this case engage in massive infringement and bootlegging of Prince’s material.” The document also reportedly claimed that live renditions of classic Prince tracks such as “Purple Rain” and “Little Red Corvette” could be downloaded from various websites.
“Doing things like this is making him lose more and more fans,” a fan wrote on Prince.org, the singer’s community fan forum. Another fan, approving of Prince's lawsuit, reportedly wrote on the forum: “I wish they do get punished enough so that this becomes a lesson for others. I appreciate Prince’s music and Prince himself enough to be against people who go against his rights as an artist.”
The 55-year-old singer is known for being involved in legal battles against illegal distribution of his music. In 2007, Prince had reportedly taken legal action against Pirate Bay, a website that offers links to pirated material.
Prince, in an announcement last week, reportedly said that he will be performing in London next month to celebrate the release of “Plectrum Electrum,” the debut album for his all-female rock band “3RDEYEGIRL.”