“Breakfast Can Wait” singer’s works to the public without his authority.
The filing alleges
Defendants used Google’s Blogger platform or Facebook to publish posts
listing all the songs Prince performed at certain live shows and
provided links to file sharing services where readers could download
unauthorized footage of his concerts. The bootlegged performances range from Prince's December 2013 Mohegan
Sun Arena performance, to rare footage of Prince's April 10, 1983,
Chicago performance where he sang such classics as “Do Me, Baby” and
“Controversy.” Only two of the defendants, Dan Chodera, and Karina Jindrov are
known. The remaining 20 defendants are listed as “Doe” because they can
only be identified by their profile names. Prince seeks to recover at
least $1 million in actual or statutory damages from each defendant as
well as attorney’s fees and any profits earned by the alleged
bootlegging. Whether Prince will succeed in recovering monetary damages from any
of the defendants is unclear. It is unlikely that his lawsuit will open a
floodgate of lawsuits where artists sue fans. However, the lawsuit is a
sobering reminder that sharing video footage of your favorite artist’s
concert can result in you being the subject of a lawsuit.
Sidebar: Prince does not play about his art or his coins. But er uh, you are going to have to sue every week when it comes to the internet.