Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Prince Serves Notice to Fans: Advancement Isn't Free

From Yahoo/Reuters:
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," and have vowed to fight what they said was censorship.

The move was a shock to his army of followers and came two months after Prince threatened to sue YouTube and other major Internet sites for unauthorized use of his music.

But by targeting fan sites directly, Prince risks a backlash, and the sites have vowed to unite under the banner "Prince Fans United" and take the matter to court if necessary.


The fan sites said Prince, 49, had demanded the removal of fans' photographs of Prince-inspired tattoos and vehicles displaying Prince-inspired license plates.
This is classic Advancement: upsetting your fans and potential lawsuits. I particularly love the fact that he gave away that record for free, and now he won't let people use images of tattoos inspired by him. I can't get behind the license-plate ban, though. That's going too far.

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