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Prince gets tough online

Star wants to reclaim his internet rights
13 September 07 - Prince is about to try his luck by taking on the might of YouTube over what he claims is “unauthorised use of his music”.  The singer is launching legal action in a bid to "reclaim his art on the internet".

He wants to ban any video clips taken of his performances taken without permission - he is believed to be the first major artist to do battle with the online giant.

"These are steps that the ever innovative Prince is taking to reclaim his art on the internet," a spokesman for the star said.

"Prince believes strongly that as an artist the music rights must remain with the artist and thus copyrights should be protected across the board.

"Very few artists have ever taken this kind of action over their rights. Yet Prince has showed time and time again he is ready to challenge the system in new ways to put artists and music first."

The singer has now contacted Web Sheriff, a company which specializes in combating online piracy and copyright infringement, to act on his behalf.  Prince is famously protective of his music rights - in the mid-Nineties he changed his name to a squiggle and wrote the word 'slave' on his cheek as part of a contractual wrangle with then record label Warner Bros.

Fans at his recent gigs at The O2 arena in London were banned from taking photographs or video footage on their mobile phones, but many still posted clips on YouTube.

John Giacobbi, managing director of Web Sheriff, said: "Some artists are very relaxed about the use of their image and music on the internet, some less so.

"Prince feels very strongly that people should remember his concerts as they were, not as some grainy mobile phone footage."

Adrian Larkin

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Comments so far

Nikhil, London
A true musical mastermind, amazing talent, and terrific live. While i was at the concert in the O2 arena, the security guards where everywhere, anyone seen with a light was taken aside,and i belive that Prince is right, why muck aobut with your phone while he is preforming and miss what he is doing, leave it to your memories instead of taking a million photos. At the afterparty it was even worse, the security had laser tags, and would shine the laser on you if you even took your phone out.I say go for it Prince, keep the music coming.

Rory, Nottingham
I went to the gig and had to abide by the rules, with security guys all over the place, one even checked my binoculars! Why do people want to flout the rules and use their mobiles at a gig? Let's wait for the official DVD to come out, meanwhile let's just keep our memories of a great concert. I respect Prince, he has my vote.

Nik Brynmawr, Wales.
I can't fault prince for what he's doing. There is nothing more annoying than going to a gig these days and all you can see are mobile phones being pointed at the stage. Why go to a gig? You may as well stay at home. And why take videos? To state the obvious just to show off to your friends.

he is a bad sport.I just uploaded Purple Rain.Look for "Purple Rain sung by bad sport Prince"

Prince is out of style

reno, Hampshire
He wants to reclaim his art? He gave away his last album free with The Daily Mail!

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