- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Pop icon Prince has filed a $22 million lawsuit accusing a handful of his fans of “massive infringement and bootlegging” by posting copies of his performances online.

The “Controversy” singer filed in San Francisco’s U.S. district court on Jan. 16 against 22 individuals for $1 million each.

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 Guardian reported.

The lawsuit names only two people, Dan Chodera and Karina Jindrova, who allegedly managed a Facebook page that posted several videos of Prince performances.

According to court documents, Prince sent “take down” notices to Facebook and Facebook complied. Efforts to serve Chodera in France and Jindrova in the Czech Republic have so far been unsuccessful, ABC News reported.

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