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Controversy: Prince serves Twitter copyright complaint

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4th Apr 2013
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Prince’s record label NPG Records has filed a copyright complaint to Twitter, claiming “unauthorised material” has been posted on its Vine app.

According to The Next Web, a representative of NPG Records wrote to the micro-blogging site last month and asked that eight video clips hosted on the Vine platform be taken down.

The post said: “The notice said: “These are unauthorized recordings and are unauthorized synchronizations. As such, I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted work described above is not authorized by the copyright owner (or by a third party who is legally entitled to do so on behalf of the copyright owner) and is not otherwise permitted by law. I hereby confirm that I believe the tracks identified in this email infringe my copyright.”

The full letter was published on ChillingEffects.org, a platform Twitter uses to make aware all of the copyright complaints it receives.

Twitter appears to have removed the clips since the links to the videos no longer show playable videos.

A Twitter spokesperson told The Next Web that this isn’t the first case of a video being taken down on request according to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), although ChillingEffects.org shows otherwise.

Clearly, Prince has still not come around to the online world, having announced in 2010 that “The internet is dead as a music marketing tool.”

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