Prince prompts a revolution

According to Betanews:

Pop musician Prince continued his online content bulldozing with a series of legal notices sent to sites devoted to the artist, demanding that all images of, lyrics by, and “anything linked to the likeness of ” the artist be removed.

Fan sites,, and have joined together to form Prince Fans United, stating that the actions amount to censorship and violate free speech laws.

Why do artists persist in persecuting fans who can be bothered to create “web-shrines” to their favourite artists? This volunteer labour is promoting the artist’s work and creating a good feeling around “belonging” to the group that likes the artist. Most consumer brands would be delighted that anyone cared enough about their product.

Instead, these groups are being hounded with the probability that some of them may become incensed enough to abandon their love for the artist.


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