The pop star sued 22 anonymous Internet users for $1 million each in papers filed two weeks ago for alleged "massive infringement and bootlegging of Prince's material." According to the 21-page suit, each of the defendants originally named were "responsible for up to thousands of separate acts of infringement and bootlegging."
However, Prince changed his mind Wednesday and dropped the suit after those named in the lawsuit, many of whom run tribute and fan sites dedicated to him, removed the content in question. "Because of the recent pressure, the bootleggers have now taken down the illegal downloads and are no longer engaging in piracy," Prince's lawyer said in a statement. "We recognize the fans craving for as much material as possible, but we'd prefer they get it from us directly than from third parties who are scalpers rather than real fans of our work."
In addition to the $22 million, Prince was also seeking any profits generated from the bootlegged material, plus interest and legal fees.
Prince is set to appear on New Girl's post-Super Bowl episode on Sunday on Fox.