Prince stomps on unofficial websites
Gett Off my copyright,
Prince Rogers Nelson has threatened to throw a sue ball at a number of unofficial websites that carry images, lyrics and album covers of the preened, pint-sized 1980s star.
The artist formerly known as the Artist Formerly Known as Prince formerly known as a wonky symbol has been stomping around making all kinds of legal noises about fans breaching copyright on the internet.
Prince, who has penned hits that include Purple Rain and When Doves Cry, has instructed his lawyers to demand that the three biggest unofficial Prince websites remove all copyrighted content or risk being sued.
But fans have refused to take it lying down with the three websites joining forces under the moniker Prince Fans United (PFU) to fight any legal action from the American star.
According to the Times, Housequake.com, Princefams.com and Prince.org had received legal "cease and desist" notices.
Somewhat bafflingly, PFU has claimed that the legal order related to photographs taken by fans of their own personalised Prince number plates and tattoos.
It reckoned the star's lawyers had asked the three websites to cough up "details of the means by which you propose to compensate our clients".
As we reported previously, an 18-month-old was caught up in Prince's crusade to rid the interweb of unauthorised plays of his epic, squeaking pop ballads because the kid's mommy had been audacious enough to post a video on YouTube of the little'un having a boogie to one of the star's songs.
But, mom Stephanie Lenz, backed by web watchdog Electronic Frontier Foundation, filed a federal lawsuit against the artist's former record label, Universal Music Group, for ordering the removal of the video.
In recent months, the Minnesota-born pop star and his legal team have ordered YouTube, eBay and The Pirate Bay to remove hundreds of supposedly Prince-infringing web items. ®
On a slightly related note, I read once a story from somebody who used to babysit at a big house in LA - right next door to Prince's big, purple mansion.
One day she was in the garden with the kids when somebody in a monkey suit started running around the garden next door, bellowing and screaming. The babysitter was concerned about this but was reassured by the kids she was looking after who told her, "that's just Mr. Prince, he always does that."
I don't know if that's true, but I really, really hope it is.
There is a precedent for this...
... simply refer Prince to Pressdram vs Arkell. (http://gominokouhai.livejournal.com/8968.html)
Sado-masochist TAFKATAFKAP fans
Prince Fans Unite... to fight Prince? Perhaps he could offer these fansite webmasters services other than just musical*, seeing as they're willing to go to court to prove how much they love him?
PRINCE'S MENU (FOR HARDCORE FANS ONLY!)
Humming my songs in the shower - $50 per song
Making a website about me - $2m law suit
Looking at me in the street - $5m per glance
Taking photos of me - $10m law suit
Trying to communicate with me - $0, but I get to beat you up**
Buying one of my records - punishable by death
* Yeah, I know - debatable
** "More, Prince, harder! Really hurt me, you know I love it!"