A new page in Prince’s war against copyright infringement has been written after the rock legend filed a DMCA copyright complaint against Twitter and their Vine app. Vine is a social networking application that allows users to record six-second videos on their iPhones.
Prince’s music label, NPG Records, claims that eight videos featured on Vine include Prince’s music. Their claim reads as follows:
“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.
We hereby request that you immediately remove our content 8 video clips from the vine.co platform, as accessible via the above links, as well as all other occurrences on the vine.co platform.”
The eight videos have since been removed.
Prince’s war against copyright infringement has been well documented. You’ll be hard pressed to find any videos of the icon on YouTube. And in 2007, he threatened lawsuits against YouTube, eBay and Pirate Bay.