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Iain Croft | 15:32 UK time, Thursday, 8 November 2007

Iain here. We've just been discussing Prince in the WHYS office, so in the interest of free speech, I thought I'd share this with you all.

Fan sites dedicated to Prince say they have been served legal notice to remove all images of the singer, his lyrics and "anything linked to Prince's likeness"..

This comes two months after Prince threatened to sue YouTube and other major Internet sites for unauthorised use of his music.

Now has the purple one got a point here? Does he have the right to protect his image or is he being a little too precious?

Speaking of the limits to free speech on the net. I received this email today from a listener in Mauritius

My government has decided to ban access to social network Facebook to all Mauritius, cause it contain a joke profile of our prime minister Navin Ramgoolam. I think is a terrible, cause they are acting as censors.

The banning of YouTube in Morocco, the firewall in China, and most recently the apparent blocking of Facebook in the United Arab Emirates are just a sampling of other cases.

At the same time thousands of Facebook members have been threatening to boycott the site if its administrators don't shut certain groups considered offensive.

Is there a line between censorship and free speech?


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