Prince Set To Sue YouTube
September 14, 2007 at 5:40 AM (PT)
PRINCE obviously wouldn't die 4 YOUTUBE, reports EONLINE. In fact, the "Purple Rain" purveyor is planning to take on the video-sharing giant in an effort to "reclaim his art on the Internet," according to a statement released on PRINCE's behalf.
The Web-savvy artist, who was one of the first major recording stars to utilize the Internet to release new tunes and interact with fans, is planning to sue GOOGLE-owned YOUTUBE, as well as alleged piracy-encouraging sites EBAY and PIRATE BAY, for copyright violation.
Gearing up to file suit in both the U.S. and the U.K., PRINCE has hired British-based company WEB SHERIFF, which polices the Internet for pirated content and sends "take down" notices to offenders, to aid in the art reclamation, the technology site CNET.COM reported THURSDAY.
In a statement responding to PRINCE's allegations, YOUTUBE's chief counsel, ZAHAVAH LEVINE, said that his company is constantly working on ways to help artists manage their content on the site.
"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."