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Monday, January 27, 2014

Prince sues internet users for total of $22m over alleged bootleg recordings

PrinceSome of Prince's most obsessive fans are believed to be among the targets of a lawsuit filed in San Francisco’s US district court. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA
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 21-page lawsuit was filed last week at San Francisco's US district court, reported Consequence of Sound. 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".

The targets aren't bootleg factories in Asia or eastern Europe, but websites with links to download decades-old live recordings. While some have general-interest titles like World of Bootleg and NPR Universe, other sites – like Purple House, Purple Kiss and Funky Experience Four – are aimed at Prince's most obsessive fans.

Together, Prince's lawyers allege, these websites "constitute an interconnected network of bootleg distribution which is able to broadly disseminate unauthorised copies of Prince's musical compositions and live performances". The plaintiffs cited shared bootlegs such as Prince's 24 March 2011 performance in Charlotte, North Carolina, his 24 April 2002 show in Oakland, California, and a 10 April 1983 concert in Chicago.

At the long-running web forum, many fans expressed their disappointment. "Yes bootlegging is wrong, but … who is next? Dude will even go after regular ass fans … really sad," wrote a user called nursev. "Prince will be remembered for making some of the most beautiful music ever created and for hating his fans."

Last week, Prince announced plans for a short London tour beginning with a press conference in the London living room of Lianne La Havas. Prince and his all-female group 3RDEYEGIRL will release an album called PLECTRUMELECTRUM later this year.

50 Cent to Premiere 'Power'

The rapper's Starz series will take the TV convention's opening night premiere slot.

50 Cent Headshot - P 2013PARIS – Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson will lend some star Power to this year’s MIPTV when the new series he executive produced has its world premiere screening on the opening night of the annual convention of international TV buyers in Cannes.
The eight-episode Starz series Power, from Courtney Kemp Agboh (The Good Wife), stars Omari Hardwick (Kick Ass) as a New York City nightclub owner who also has his hand in the drug world. The rapper, who has a recurring role in the show as a friend of the aspiring mogul and kingpin, exec produces alongside Agboh, Mark Canton (300), Randall Emmett (Lone Survivor) and Big Love’s David Knoller.

50 Cent, along with Agboh and Hardwick, will participate in a Q&A following the premiere.

"We are honored that Starz has chosen to showcase its latest major new series as a world premiere TV screening at MIPTV. This underlines the impact of the event, which is ideally suited to a show like Power, which is bound to have wide appeal to the numerous international buyers and media present in Cannes," said Reed Midem TV division director Laurine Garaude.

"Starz is thrilled to premiere Power at MIPTV," added CEO Chris Albrecht, citing the universal story of climbing to the top. "We believe worldwide audiences will be swept up in the storytelling, the city and the music."

This is the second Starz series to hold the high-profile opening night slot, following last year’s gala premiere of Da Vinci’s Demons, which sold internationally to 125 territories and went on to score the highest-rated opening weekend for a Starz original series.

MIPTV will take place in Cannes from Apr. 7 to 10.