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Old 09-15-2007, 02:14 PM
 
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LONDON — U.S. pop star Prince plans to sue YouTube and other major Web sites for unauthorized use of his music in a bid to "reclaim his art on the Internet."

The man behind hit songs "Purple Rain," "1999" and "When Doves Cry" said on Thursday that YouTube could not argue it had no control over which videos users posted on its site.

"YouTube ... are clearly able (to) filter porn and pedophile material but appear to choose not to filter out the unauthorized music and film content which is core to their business success," a statement released on his behalf said.

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Old 09-15-2007, 04:04 PM
 
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Prince has had his legal tussles in the past over his music.
The Superbowl video is still out there, FWIW--if you click around a bit.
Man, I never thought I'd see the day when Prince played Las Vegas, let alone the Superbowl.
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Old 09-15-2007, 11:18 PM
 
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Yeah, um, good luck with this one Prince....

Filtering porn and pedophilia from the site, as he noted, is pragmatically different that filtering copyrighted material. You know porn and pedophilia immediately when you see it. Users can report it and moderators can remove it quickly. However, when watching a music video or a live performance, you can't tell just by looking at it whether or not the video is copyrighted.

I think that artists who try to take this on are facing a losing battle. The music and tech industry is evolving, and I believe artists need to either evolve with it, or will got lost in the shuffle.
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