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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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RE: Prince is way out of control
By FITCamaro on 11/19/2007 7:08:44 PM , Rating: 0
I think some schools wouldn't allow a Village People song to be played because there might be that one parent who is vehemently anti-gay.

And I think doing contests where kids do performances of copyrighted works might cause issue for this exact reason. And I was in high school from 97-2001 and the world is a far different place now than it was then.

RE: Prince is way out of control
By christojojo on 11/19/2007 10:37:28 PM , Rating: 2
Not only if one is vehemently anti-gay but because so many pro-gay and the "PC" nazis (i used this phrase once at at faculty meeting nobody but five teachers and the Principals and I was dressed down then written up for "using the term Nazi too freely" as he put in his paper of love (I mean corrective action).

People get fidgety about the weirdest things and overlook others. A Village People lip sync, now a days could be construed as anti-gay by the same knuckleheads (sorry, to offend any Harley Davidson fans out there ;) )that enforce PC.

RE: Prince is way out of control
By robinthakur on 11/20/2007 5:37:32 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think so. I'm gay and I have no problem with Village People lip syncs...if people really want to do it, then far be it from me to stop them humiliating themselves. Didn't Colin Powell do that not that long ago?? I saw it on the BBC. Whilst I wouldn't describe myself as 'pro' gay, (I don't really know what you mean by that, given that the opposite, logically 'anti'-gay, would mean homophobic, and then I'd be a hypocrite), although the term PC-Nazi is all too accurate sadly.

RE: Prince is way out of control
By christojojo on 11/20/2007 10:29:35 AM , Rating: 2
In my own experience the groups "offended" seldom mind the joke or complement. (If they are they usually say so.) It is the PC Nazis that use PC as a form of control and groups of people who don't understand the cultures they are trying to "protect" that over-react.

I just feel it is sad that we are now a society of people who say what other people think we should out of fear. We now are neither a people of true compassion nor a people who value honor.

BTW: Pro-gay and anti-gay are just polar opposites. AS a rule if you put them together and cross the beams * you get the Degeneres effect (a severe "outing" that backfires on both groups. ;)

* Yes, I know it is supposed to be streams but the connotations were a little too much for this site.

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