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Prince gets tough online
Star wants to reclaim his internet rights13 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."