Prince And Radiohead Fight Over YouTube Song
from the this-is-what-it's-come-to? dept
For years, Prince was the poster child for “getting” the internet and new media distribution opportunities. He experimented with a variety of different creative business models that suggested he got how the economics of music worked these days. It was working too — with his efforts to give away his music helping him sell out concert after concert around the world. But then something changed, and Prince went ballistic, suing YouTube, The Pirate Bay and eBay and even threatening fan sites while demanding that even videos with tiny snippets of Prince music in the background get taken offline. The whole thing is quite surprising, and if he keeps this up, he’s risking taking all that goodwill he built up for years, and turning himself into another Metallica. Becoming anti-fan is never a good idea.
The latest story, though, has a twist. Prince apparently did a cover of a Radiohead song at a recent concert. Someone filmed it and put the video on YouTube. Given his newfound hatred for YouTube, Prince demanded that the song be taken down. And here’s where it gets interesting: Radiohead’s Thom Yorke is demanding that it be put back online, noting that he owns the copyright on the song: “Really? He’s blocked it?… Well, tell him to unblock it. It’s our … song.” Of course, as that LA Times report notes, in true Streisand Effect fashion, the effort to take down the song has only driven much more interest in people trying to find the song. If Prince weren’t suing so many people, you might even think he was canny enough to have done this on purpose as a marketing campaign.