Singer Prince Attacks Internet Video Pirates

Pop star Prince is demanding that video sharing website YouTube removes clips of his recent concerts in London. The singer says he is taking action against the site, and others like it, to “reclaim his art on the internet.” More than 1,000 unauthorised clips have been taken down in the last few days, according to Web Sheriff, the UK firm he has hired to enforce the ban. The star is also targeting online shops which, he says, infringe his copyright by selling unauthorised merchandise. “Prince believes strongly that… copyrights should be protected across the board,” a spokesman for the star said. Prince has spent the summer playing 21 gigs at the O2 arena in London, which end next week. Fans have been banned from taking photographs or video footage on their mobile phones, but many have still posted clips on YouTube. The artist has also instructed Web Sheriff to police unauthorised distribution of his music on file-sharing websites such as Pirate Bay, and is seeking to stop auction sites like eBay from selling unauthorised merchandise.

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