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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 10:49 pm    Post subject: Prince to sue Youtube, eBay over music use Reply with quote

Here we go again... huh For those of you too young to remember (lucky you!! Tire la langue ), Prince used to be a hit star back in the 1980s. I hadn't heard more from him for a while. Nevertheless, the guy jumps to the spotlight again, placing yet another legal action against Youtube. This is definitely a sign of our times, and we'll see more and more of this as traditional media feud against Internet-based companies over distribution rights and copyright.


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By Mike Collett-White
Reuters



LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. pop star Prince plans to sue YouTube and other major Web sites for unauthorized use of his music in a bid to "reclaim his art on the Internet."

The man behind hit songs "Purple Rain," "1999" and "When Doves Cry" said on Thursday that YouTube could not argue that it had no control over which videos users posted on its site.

"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," a statement released on his behalf said.

YouTube did not immediately reply to questions e-mailed to its press room.

In addition to YouTube, Prince also plans legal action against online auctioneer eBay and Pirate Bay, a site accused by Hollywood and the music industry as being a major source of music and film piracy.

The legal action is the latest bid by the music industry to wrest back control over content in an age where file sharing, mobile phones and video sites make enforcing copyright increasingly difficult.

But it is believed to be rare for an individual artist of Prince's stature to take on popular Web sites, while some up-and-coming performers actually encourage online file sharing to create a fan base and buzz around a record.

"Prince strongly believes artists as the creators and owners of their music need to reclaim their art," the statement added.

"These actions mark a historic moment for music artists in terms of the battle to regain control of their rights on the Internet."

British company Web Sheriff has been hired to help coordinate the action.

"In the last couple of weeks we have directly removed approximately 2,000 Prince videos from YouTube," said Web Sheriff managing director John Giacobbi.

"The problem is that one can reduce it to zero and then the next day there will be 100 or 500 or whatever. This carries on ad nauseam at Prince's expense," he told Reuters.

He said his company had also removed around 300 items from eBay, where whole lines of pirated goods trading on Prince's name had appeared, including clocks, socks, mugs and key rings.

Prince's latest initiative is likely to please record industry executives and music retailers, who have not always seen eye-to-eye with the 49-year-old.

He has referred to the record industry as "the speculation business" and gave away copies of his new album "Planet Earth" for free with a British Sunday newspaper.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2007 12:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This from the guy who "included" his new CD with his concert ticket price so he could inflat his "album sales" by forcing anyone who liked his older stuff to "buy" his new crap. Screw Prince.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2007 5:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

never heard of him... huh
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2007 7:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

He sold his CD with his concert tickets ? Rire That's the first time I heard that Rire

Now youtube... what to say... Here a French guy supposed to be funny said youtube and dailymotion were the reason why he didn't sell any DVD... Pfff

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2007 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Prince released his new album free with a newspaper over here.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 1:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

how have you never heard of Prince?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 6:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Youtube is the best music & video provider.

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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2011 3:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Youtube very good when everyone share video song. Sophie

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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Youtube is excellent.
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