Prince Claims Copyright Infringement Over 6-Second Vine Twitter Videos

By Alex Galbraith, Mstarz Reporter | Apr 03, 2013 08:25 PM EDT
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Prince is notoriously protective of his music. The Purple One keeps his intellectual property on a very tight leash, claiming copyright infringement at the slightest whiff of a missed check. (Don't believe me? Try and find a Prince song on YouTube. I'll wait.) To be fair, streaming rates are still chump change when compared to sales royalties. But Prince's latest target may be a bit much. The funk god is taking on Twitter's mini-video app Vine.

According to The Next Web, a rep from Prince's PNG Records wrote a complaint to Twitter claiming that eight Vine clips contained "unauthorized recordings" and "unauthorized synchronizations." (Prince's people never write just to talk, you know?) The complaint asked for the clips to be taken down and it appears that Twitter complied.

I doubt the six-second clips are what the DCMA was enacted for, especially when you consider that the eight clips together constituted less than a minute's worth of music, but hey, far be it from me to question His Purpleness.

What do you think of Prince's DCMA takedown of Vine clips? Is he overstepping? Is it excessive? Or are those his six seconds of music to decide what to do with?

Sound off in the comments and stick with Mstarz for the latest on Prince and other music news.

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