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Prince picks fight with the Internet

Prince picks fight with the Internet

You don't have to pirate to hear my songs, You don't have to torrent the whole world, Just buy my albums and buy this, I just want your extra cash and your kiss!

Probably best known for doing the entire soundtrack to Tim Burton's 1989 Batman movie and his songs "1999" and "Purple Rain," the artist formerly known as The Artist Formerly Known As Prince (say that one five times fast!) has decided to begin a crusade to rid the internet of piracy.

Donning a cape and a hood, Prince will fight the evil allies of piracy such as The Pirate Bay, YouTube, and eBay. These villains have corrupted the Internet and the music industry as we know it and only the man in purple himself can put a stop to it. The plan is to "reclaim the Internet" from the pirates.

Okay, okay, I got that out of my system so I'll be serious from here on out.

Prince is pretty peeved at the Internet right now though. Over the course of the past two weeks his legal representatives have requested the removal of more than 2,000 videos that have been uploaded to YouTube. By my closest estimations, that's a single copy of every music video he has ever made.

John Giacobbi, managing director of Web Sheriff, has said "99 percent of the stuff online is totally unauthorised. Someone has to start somewhere and we know this will make a serious impact - a hell of a lot of artists are going to follow suit. We have to build a 21st century model for the entertainment industry."

Prince isn't the only one suing YouTube though. Several parties have previously filed suits against the popular video website.

Do you dare laugh at the Prince or will you follow his majestical lead? Discuss his moves (no, no, not his dance moves) over in the forums or in the comment section below.

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specofdust 14th September 2007, 10:57 Quote
"Someone has to start somewhere and we know this will make a serious impact"

Aww, the innocence of noob.
naokaji 14th September 2007, 10:58 Quote
I know i'm repeating myself, but, if the artists want more money they should just sell their music for cheap on their own websites... thx to broadband (almost everywhere), payment systems like paypal it shouldnt be too hard to realize...
that way we could buy music for less, the artists would stil end up with more money, the only ones suffering would be the resellers like unsiveral, bmg and such, but hey... who needs them anyway? (+the riaa..lol.. but who doesnt want them to suffer?)
woodshop 14th September 2007, 10:58 Quote
Heh... lets clean up the internet... right... there wouldn't be anything left except IM.. o wait we all do that on our phones now.. the infrastructure will instead be clammed by the TV companies to offer more tiered TV then we have now!! go go $120USD TV bills..
<A88> 14th September 2007, 11:01 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by naokaji
I know i'm repeating myself, but, if the artists want more money they should just sell their music for cheap on their own websites... thx to broadband (almost everywhere), payment systems like paypal it shouldnt be too hard to realize...
that way we could buy music for less, the artists would stil end up with more money, the only ones suffering would be the resellers like unsiveral, bmg and such, but hey... who needs them anyway? (+the riaa..lol.. but who doesnt want them to suffer?)

But you've got two problems with that
a)It doesn't affect the charts. BIG issue.
b)CDs are still the most popular medium for music.

<A88>
[WP@]WOLVERINE 14th September 2007, 11:04 Quote
WHat Prince fails to realize is that the reason he doesnt make any money anymore has nothing to do with piracy. It just becasue hes a washed out "Has Been" that hasnt managed to make one decent song in 20 years :) I think that the only reason for anybody even remembering the guy is because of all his old stuff thats floating around on the evil internet. A thank you is maybe more in order than a lawsuit. Ok so maybe im not completely serious with my comment but i couldnt help myself :)
kenco_uk 14th September 2007, 11:16 Quote
Or it could've been his new album given away free the other week with a Sunday rag.
Risky 14th September 2007, 11:21 Quote
When I saw the headline i was thinking "What's Charles said now...."
Mankz 14th September 2007, 11:38 Quote
"You know, I don't think I've got enough money. Which public institution should I sue? Ahh, the Internet, no-ones done that one for a while"
revlob 14th September 2007, 11:39 Quote
Whoever came up with the picture caption deserves a biscuit, and a slap. It's awfully good. :)
mikeuk2004 14th September 2007, 11:44 Quote
Oh look, a new download site....and another.... and there goes another. Trying to stop piracy and closing down pirate sites is like trying to fill a cup with no bottom. More sites pop up every second, and as you close down one pirate, antohter 10 replace them.

You have to just arrest the entire world for piracy. I bet £1 Million that Prince has done something ilegal in his life if it is only speeding, its still ilegal.

Get over it as its never going to stop. If record labels and producers drop their prices it would help more.

As a casual downloader, I think you have more chance winning the lottery than being done for piracy.
quack 14th September 2007, 11:45 Quote
Quote:
the artist formally known as Prince

1) I think you mean formerly. Maybe.
2) And surely it should be "the artist formerly known as The Artist Formerly Known As Prince"... since his stage name is Prince again. ;)
Tim S 14th September 2007, 11:52 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by quack
Quote:
the artist formally known as Prince

1) I think you mean formerly. Maybe.
2) And surely it should be "the artist formerly known as The Artist Formerly Known As Prince"... since his stage name is Prince again. ;)

Yes, I omitted thinking it was a typo when Phil was playing on words - whoops.
bloodcar 14th September 2007, 11:58 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by revlob
Whoever came up with the picture caption deserves a biscuit, and a slap. It's awfully good. :)

I'll take the biscuit, but not the slap.

This whole situation just reminds me of Lars Ulrich leading the fight against Napster many moons ago. Thanks to Lars we now have better P2P software then ever before. GG dude.
Almightyrastus 14th September 2007, 13:26 Quote
Trying this sort of thing is just like trying to dig a hole on a sandy beach, the further you dig the more it fills in. Many have said it before , but this sort of thing never works. They need to take a look at why people pirate stuff and take a look at what THEY are doing wrong, not the pirates.
aggies11 14th September 2007, 15:55 Quote
Blouses, Win.

Aggies
Phil Rhodes 14th September 2007, 16:07 Quote
"...control how their image is portrayed."

Why?

Nobody else gets to control how their image is portrayed.

Phil
devdevil85 14th September 2007, 16:49 Quote
Prince sucks. That Super Bowl halftime show was a freaking joke....enough said....
chunky_monkey 14th September 2007, 19:03 Quote
I had to chuckle when I read that he is using WEB SHERIFF to help him in his quest! That's it, pick the most useless company/person you can to help you take down the interweb thingy and that evil Pirate Bay......

See his last attempt listed under White Stripes / WEB SHERIFF here - http://thepiratebay.org/legal
Firehed 14th September 2007, 19:03 Quote
Wait, wasn't it Prince who gave away two million copies away of his latest album with some tabloid or something a couple months ago?

*headache*
paulbower 14th September 2007, 19:10 Quote
I think YouTube is worse than Pirate Bay. YouTube has a copy of the music video and distributes it for free. On YouTube music search engines like www.tubejuke.com you can get a feel for the massive amount of music videos that is on there...
Drexial 14th September 2007, 19:33 Quote
the thing about people like this is they are just pissy and want to blame everyone but their own lack of talent. not to say that he did a killer job for the Batman movie. but on to the point, the 'evil internet' has done nothing but promote record sales. in the three years after napster CD sales went up something like 6-10% because it was easier to get a hold of music you never would have heard before. in every case i know of for people DLing, they either don't have the money to spent 10-$25 on a CD or e-album or they don't really like the CD and just lie a couple songs cause they are catchy. this day and age with technology at everyones fingertips it shouldn't cost any more then $5 for a CD and like 10 cents an MP3. MP3s are non-degrading, infinitely reproducible, 0% Production cost, essentially imaginary item with no physical existence. this means other than running the storage server for the original, its a zero overhead item, they sell them for near 100% profit. Yet still charge as much or more then what it would cost to buy a physical CD if you were to get it as an album. we have been paying people more then they are worth for over 70 years for music that is nothing more then a distraction, cause the more we keep people focusing on making music instead of making a difference the more money people like record executives can make.
DXR_13KE 15th September 2007, 00:20 Quote
Drexial you have to factor in the bandwidth cost......

edit: forgot to say that prince is fighting an uphill fight against a death star at firing range while using a straw and some paper as ammo..... and only one shot..... and no jedi powers.

he has 1 in 10000000000000000 chances of cleaning up the internet.
Rebourne 15th September 2007, 02:06 Quote
Why does this always happen when artists start sucking?
Techno-Dann 15th September 2007, 02:40 Quote
Fairly simple, really. They see their declining record sales, and most of them have fairly powerful psychological blocks on admitting that they just aren't as original or good as they used to be. They look for a scapegoat (or turn to a destructive drug habit), and they notice internet piracy. This plays to their ego ("I'm so good that lots of people are downloading my music") and their sense of greed ("I'm loosing money because people are illegally downloading my music"), and also provides a very nice escape from the crushing reality that they really aren't as good as they were.

I'm sure, of course, that the great Nexxo will be along in a few posts to explain the whole matter quite a bit more thoroughly and accurately.

(I hope, anyway. There's nothing like reading a good Nexxoization)
David_Fitzy 15th September 2007, 04:53 Quote
*Downloads Purple rain out of spite*

won't listen to it tho so does that count?
sui_winbolo 15th September 2007, 17:23 Quote
Trying to stop pirates on the internet is like boarding a pirate ship and telling them they can't pillage.

They will pillage if they want to pillage damnit!
D3s3rt_F0x 15th September 2007, 18:08 Quote
Would of thought Prince would of been sick of legal fights by now
Kipman725 16th September 2007, 00:49 Quote
I guess he dosn't know much of the origins and early days of the web if he thinks the piracy thing is bad today... I rember people just used to share vast amounts of stuff on aynomous ftp's that allowed uploads! and webpages with huge lists of wares for direct download.
ralph.pickering 17th September 2007, 01:53 Quote
I'd have a lot more respect for the poor, horribly-wronged, brought-to-the-brink-of-poverty artists if they didn't all apear to be rich money grabbing *******s with drug problems. Not that I'm suggesting Prince has a drug problem, although his pharmacist has clearly given him the wrong meds if he thinks he can clean up the internet.

I'm sure they all think we're rolling about in beds of cash, sticking two fingers up at them through our massive internet tubes as we suck up their imaginary profits. Fact is, people, most of us have less money now in real terms trying to spread it a lot further - and paying £15 for an album with only a couple of songs you really like, well - it sorta sucks. So excuse us if we feel the need to try before we buy. End rant... for the time being.
ComputerKing 17th September 2007, 11:10 Quote
First of all, Welcome to Bit-tech your second family ;)

I don't mind to see music videos on Internet! Better than see them on TV on MTV or something! Why the hell the ISP will cost me when I see the Video? This is kinda Weired. I think the DSL Line limited to some speed and Unlimited on bandwidth! mean if you download 1T in 1 month same as you download 1MB in 1 month too! It's do what every you want on this speed.... Also if you think on it, It's good thing to artist to make there videos on youtube to watch for free. If you like it Go buy it. It's kinda same the games. When the Company show the demo and tell you try it and if you like the game go buy, Same what happen with Bioshock ;)

Any ways I love the site that you post, It's kinda make it easy to watch songs on youtube ;) Cleaner and faster

Thanks very much, Take care.
r-gator 17th September 2007, 15:15 Quote
So he's going to be suing Al Gore (the "inventor" of the internet)?
The_Beast 17th September 2007, 22:19 Quote
people still listen to Prince???
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