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  •  Prince Serves Vine With A DMCA Notice (10+ / 0-)

    According to Prince, it is not okay to use six second clips of his songs on Vine. And it doesn't stop there. Prince also takes the position that any cover of his songs is also a copyright violation.

    From the A.V. Club:

    Twitter, who owns the micro-video app, has been served with a DMCA copyright complaint from NPG Records, the label owned by the purple rocker. NPG asked that eight six-second video clips posted on Vine be taken down, claiming they contained “unauthorized recordings” and “unauthorized synchronizations”—which basically means that a tiny bit of Prince’s music could be heard somewhere in the clip. Twitter complied with the request, and the videos were removed from Vine.

    This isn’t Prince’s first go-around with DMCAs. The artist is notorious for using them, and even issued a statement in 2007 saying that, no matter the content of the video, it’s “a matter of principle” that no one should be able to use his music without his consent. He's even said that no one should be able to cover his songs, no matter what. That hardline stance has drawn the ire of the many people who he's served with notices, including a mom who posted a 29-second video of her 18-month-old son dancing to the faint sounds of “Let’s Go Crazy” back in 2007, as well as several people who posted videos of Prince covering Radiohead’s “Creep” in 2008.

    •  Prince (7+ / 0-)

      is a very short man. He's 5'2''. Napoleon was 5'7''.

      •  He's a musically creative control freak, IMHO (5+ / 0-)

        Radiohead To Prince: Unblock 'Creep' YouTube Vids

        After word spread that Prince covered Radiohead's "Creep" at the Coachella festival, the tens of thousands who couldn't be there ran to YouTube for a peek. Everyone was quickly denied -- even Radiohead.

        All videos of Prince's unique rendition of Radiohead's early hit were quickly taken down, leaving only a message that his label, NPG Records, had removed the clips, claiming a copyright violation. But the posted videos were shot by fans and, obviously, the song isn't Prince's.

        In a recent interview, Thom Yorke said he heard about Prince's performance from a text message and thought it was "hilarious." Yorke laughed when his bandmate, guitarist Ed O'Brien, said the blocking had prevented even him from seeing Prince's version of their song.

        "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

        by wader on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 09:30:10 PM PDT

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