Prince and Village People dive into Pirate Bay

Young man, there's no need to download

The Village People have joined forces with pint-sized popster Prince in an effort to slap The Pirate Bay with yet another copyright infringement lawsuit.

According to a report on Swedish news website E24.se, Web Sheriff’s John Giacobbi has been talking up plans to sue the BitTorrent tracker site in both US and Swedish courts for millions of dollars worth of damages.

Prince’s lawyers, with the help of the Web Sheriff, first said that they planned to sue The Pirate Bay in September last year. Giacobbi told El Reg at the time that a Swedish law firm had been enlisted to tackle the popular site in court. So far, no legal action has been forthcoming.

Now, several other artists have joined Prince’s crusade to rid the internet of alleged copyright infringements, as well as arguably grabbing some free publicity along the way.

The Village People, best known for their arm-waving, hip-shaking 70s disco hit YMCA, will also sue The Pirate Bay with a lawsuit that accuses the site of helping to illegally distribute copyright material.

Copyright holders of Chet Baker’s back catalogue and Van Morrison’s music may also be included in the lawsuit.

Web Sherrif was not available to comment today.

Just last month Swedish prosecutors brought criminal charges against four men involved in running Pirate Bay.

Meanwhile the Purple One had a very busy 2007 in which he threatened legal action against the likes of eBay, several unofficial Prince websites and even an 18-month-old baby for having a boogie to one of his songs on YouTube. ®

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