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Prince threatens to sue fans
Fan sites devoted to the musician Prince say they have been served a legal notice ordering them to remove all images, lyrics, or
 

What happened
Fan sites devoted to the musician Prince say they have been served a legal notice ordering them to remove all images, lyrics, or “anything linked to Prince’s likeness.” The Web sites are joining forces as “Prince Fans United,” and have vowed to fight the matter in court if necessary. The battle comes two months after Prince threatened to sue YouTube, eBay, and other Internet sites for unauthorized use of his music.

What the commentators said
Talk about overreacting, said Kelly Fiveash in The Register. Prince has ordered fans to take down images of “their own personalized Prince” license plates and “tattoos.” Even “an 18-month-old was caught up in Prince’s crusade." The kid's mother had the audacity to "post a video on YouTube of the little’un having a boogie to one of the star’s songs.” The video was yanked, and the mom is suing. Let's hope she wins in court.

Prince has “made some odd career moves in his time,” said Owen Gibson in The Guardian, but this might the most confusing of all. Up until now, he “had been considered to be on the vanguard of efforts by some artists to cut record labels out of the equation and forge their own relationships with fans through the web and live concerts." And just recently during his 21-night residency at London’s O2 arena, he “was lauded for a genius marketing move in giving away his CD to concertgoers and with copies of the Mail on Sunday."

Not only is this move strange, said AOL’s blog Switched, it just doesn’t seem very wise. As if changing his name to a symbol and having concert riders that “supposedly included dark chocolate, black rooms, an oxygen bar, and three sexy girls” wasn’t enough to turn people off, now “he’s found another way to alienate the music aficionados who love him.” And “instead of suing file sharers, he’s now going after his most popular fan sites.” Prince sure has a funny way of expressing appreciation for his fans.

 

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