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Prince causes copyright commotion with Creep

If you, like most of the people in The Juice*'s sphere of influence, were unable to catch Prince's cover of Radiohead's Creep when the Purple One performed at the Coachella festival in California, have we got a story for you.

The Huffington Post says the April 26 performance was caught on tape by several fans, and Prince is so crazy and secretive that he had his label, NPG Records, comb through the vastness of the Internets (specifically YouTube) and have the clips taken down, one by one. There's a partial clip above, for however long that lasts -- and now another one below.

There's a problem, though: They're fan-shot videos, not being profited on, of a song Prince doesn't own. Even Thom Yorke says that's dumb. When his bandmate, guitarist Ed O'Brien tried to see the song, it had been yanked.

"Really? He's blocked it?" Yorke asked. "Surely we should block it. Hang on a moment. ... Well, tell him to unblock it. It's our ... song."

YouTube's policy prevents posting copyrighted material (we see how well that works on most occasions), but this may be the first time a record label has claimed copyright on a song to which they don't even technically have the rights. What's next? Prince suing all those guys singing Gett Off during karaoke nights?

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:46am]


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