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Prince is know for his unusual sense of style and funky jams, loving and partying. Now he be known in the file sharing community as "the man".  (Source: Prince)
The prince tells the Pirate Bay "Party over, oops out of time"

The Pirate Bay is the Internet's largest Torrent tracker, and has been for some time now.  However while other trackers and piracy advocates tend not last very long, The Pirate Bay is actively stirring the pot.

For a short time the organization tried to raise money to buy the island nation of Sealand, and more recently it obtained the domain, formerly occupied by the IFPI, the RIAA's parent affiliate.  However, its legal battles have come to boil, with Swedish authorities issuing charges against five Pirate Bay admins -- only two of which have actually been identified.

Now The Pirate Bay has a surprising new nemesis in the form of the chest-baring, fashioning setting, funk-rock jammer Prince.  Prince, recently gave away his album for free in the British newspaper the Mail On Sunday, infuriating his record label

Now Prince has taken a surprising stand in the other direction.

Prince Rogers Nelson sees it as his right to defend his copyrights against all who might dare commit what he sees as infringements upon them.

Prince plans to launch a triad of attacks, with lawsuits in the U.S., Sweden, and France (France, being known for its strong copyright protections), which aims to put The Pirate Bay's funky feel-good days to an end.  Prince is also suing companies who advertise on The Pirate Bay.

Prince added some hired guns in the form of John Giacobbi, President of Web Sheriff, and the rest of Web Sheriff to help coordinate his fiery legal onslaught upon on the pirates.

Giacobbi already launched into allegations stating that The Pirate Bay makes $70,000 monthly in advertising revenue, a charge The Pirate Bay denies.

The Pirate Bay is not the only one who Prince is hoping to make cry like a wounded dove.  Prince stated his desire to "reclaim the Internet" and in recent months has become a champion for militant copyright protection, announcing that he would take legal action against YouTube and Ebay, as well as The Pirate Bay.

YouTube chief counsel, Zahavah Levine, apparently unimpressed by Prince's legal wrath issued a unconcerned response, "Most content owners understand that we respect copyrights.  We work every day to help them manage their content, and we are developing state-of-the-art tools to let them do that even better. We have great partnerships with major music labels all over world that understand the benefit of using YouTube as another way to communicate with their fans."

The Pirate Bay also responded, with Pirate Bay admin brokep stating that the organization was not been contacted by Prince, and that Web Sheriff has been sending them take down notices for a prolonged period, which The Pirate Bay's filtering software conveniently trashes.

However, even with the world's greatest funkmaster on their heels, all is business as usual at The Pirate Bay.  Just last week prosecuters in Sweden vowed to take action against the organization, even though the site continues to adhere to Swedsh copyright laws.

Giacobbi, of Web Sheriff countered, "They'll either have to come out and fight or just try and ignore it. In that case, we're going to win a default judgment against them. This could be a ticking time bomb for them.  They can't outrun this. We are very confident."

There have also been unconfirmed reports of Prince shutting down fan web sites for use of his images, lyrics, songs, or likeness.

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By Chris Peredun on 11/19/2007 4:10:08 PM , Rating: 2
After reading the article, my opinion hasn't changed.

Though I am glad he's now The Artist Known As Prince - as I don't think the DailyTech character set includes the "Love Symbol."

By KristopherKubicki on 11/19/2007 4:13:16 PM , Rating: 2
As many times as Puff Daddy wants to change his name, Chaim Witz provides the most sage advice for name-changing, "Don't."


By Parhel on 11/19/2007 4:53:22 PM , Rating: 2
Have you listened to any of Prince's recent releases? If you did, you might change your mind. I'm a big fan of Prince, and I think his music today is even better than the music from his most commercially successful years.

By Vanilla Thunder on 11/19/2007 5:13:12 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. Musicology is a SICK f'ing album.


By UppityMatt on 11/19/2007 11:50:01 PM , Rating: 5
That good huh? I guess ill head right on over to the pirate bay and download myself a copy then.

By glitchc on 11/20/2007 6:18:49 PM , Rating: 2
Never worked in Monkey Island. No surprise it got rated down here.

By Parhel on 11/20/2007 10:06:52 PM , Rating: 2
At least someone caught the reference. Thank you!

By 16nm on 11/19/2007 5:04:08 PM , Rating: 2
The Artist Known As Prince

Yeah, what's the deal with that?? I thought Prince changed his name to some symbol that was not used in any alphabet anywhere and now I see him here as "Prince" again. It's very confusing.

By DigitalFreak on 11/19/2007 5:23:54 PM , Rating: 4
He's a douche

By Parhel on 11/19/2007 5:55:20 PM , Rating: 4
He changed his name back to Prince in 2000 between the releases of "Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic" and "The Rainbow Children."

The reason he changed his name in the first place was to get out of his recording contract. I don't think he ever took the name change too seriously.

I mean, the first song he released after changing his name to a symbol was called "My Name is Prince." Also, whenever he makes mention of his moniker "The Artist" in his songs, it's usually to poke fun at himself.

By GaryJohnson on 11/19/2007 7:25:16 PM , Rating: 5
You know far too much about this...

By Parhel on 11/19/2007 9:09:13 PM , Rating: 5
Guilty as charged. :)

Actually, I was holding back. I was about to start citing lyrics as examples when I thought "no, these people probably aren't interested in my vast knowledge of Prince trivia."

By tmouse on 11/20/2007 8:44:33 AM , Rating: 5
Probably just as well, you would not want to get sued ;)

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