Prince Sues Owner of Me'Shell Ndegeocello Website Over Prince Bootlegs 
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Tuesday, 01 October 2002

Prince's production company, Paisley Park Enterprises, is suing Matthew Lankford, the operator of the website claiming that the site allegedly offered pirated recordings of Prince’s live performances from his "Xenophobia" concert tour. The website is actually a Me’Shell Ndegeocello tribute site however the lawsuit claims that the site allowed users to download Prince songs that included "specific information describing which day the unauthorized recording of the 'Xenophobia' concert took place."

Lankford offered a statement denying the violation of copyright law saying, "What he's claiming is that I put up files on my web site. What happened is I put up links to other Web sites that had files on them” Lankford went on to say "One of my favorite artists is coming after me for promoting him on my web site… For him to seek $150,000 per song to try to ruin me for doing nothing more than promoting him is ... overdoing it."

Any references to Prince and his music have been removed from the site and Lankford has said that there will never be another Prince reference on the site ever again.

Prince plans to release a three-CD box set from his recent U.S. tour. He has yet to release anything from the "Xenophobia" sessions.

Billboard Magazine

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