Prince to sue YouTube

Prince planning to sue YouTube for 'copyright violation'

Prince is planning to sue YouTube for violating his copyright, it has been revealed.

The pint-sized popstar is planning to take the online video-sharer to court in an effort to ‘reclaim his art on the internet’ according to a statement released on his behalf.

Prince was one of the first musicians to cotton on to the powerful influence of the web, using it to release new tunes and interact with fans.

But now he plans to sue Google-owned YouTube, along with alleged piracy-promoting sites such as eBay and Pirate Bay, for infringing his rights.

The Purple Rain singer has hired British-based company Web Sheriff, which polices the internet for pirated copy and sends ‘take-down’ notices to offenders to aid in ‘the art reclamation’, the technology site cnet.com recently reported.

John Giaccobi, president of Web Sheriff, has already removed around 2,000 unauthorised Prince clips from YouTube, stating: ‘Their business model is built on making money off other people’s creative work.’

And Prince is fully behind the cracking down on copyright-violating companies.

‘YouTube, [eBay and Pirate Bay] 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,’ said the statement from Prince’s rep. ‘He strongly believes artists, as the creators and owners of their music, need to reclaim their art.’

In a statement responding to Prince’s allegations, YouTube’s chief counsel, Zahavah Levine, said: ‘Most content owners understand that we respect copyrights,’ Levine said. ‘We work every day to help them manage their content, and we are developing state-of-the-art tools to let them do that even better.

‘We have great partnerships with major music labels all over the world that understand the benefit of using YouTube as another way to communicate with their fans.’

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