Prince Vs YouTube

(antiMusic) Prince just doesn't like people using his "art" on the Internet. In 1999 he sued the Swedish fansite Uptown for unauthorized use of his symbol and for making unauthorized references to some unreleased material. A few years ago he sued a fansite of another artist for linking to sites that carried his music and now he plans to go after YouTube for fans posting live clips of the Purple One's performances. And he's reportedly targeting eBay and torrent site Pirate Bay as well.

The clips in question are reportedly of the bootleg variety which are captured without the a star's knowledge or approval. (plus they can't be fixed up like official video releases). "Prince believes strongly that as an artist the music rights must remain with the artist and thus copyrights should be protected across the board," reads a statement from the Prince camp.

He apparently believes that YouTube can stop copyright infringement on their site but choose not to. The statement says that YouTube "are clearly able (to) filter porn and pedophile material but appear to choose not to filter out the unauthorized music and film content which is core to their business success".

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