Prince is not playing with one of y’all’s favorite social media sites. The legendary singer may be lawyering up for a potential war with social media site, Twitter. The Next Web reports that Prince’s NPG Records has issued Twitter’s Vine video app with a copyright complaint under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The site reports:
The takedown request was sent on March 22nd by an unnamed label representative, who pointed to eight clips that contained “unauthorized recordings” and “unauthorized synchronizations.” The offending videos seem to have been removed as the links listed at the end of the letter – which you can read at ChillingEffects.org, where Twitter posts every such copyright claim it receives – all lead to dead pages. Twitter’s copyright and DMCA policy, which is the same for Vine, allows the site to remove or restrict access to videos that contain copyrighted material. The site also attempts to contact account holders to explain the take down and how they might file a counter-notice.
No official response has been shared from Twitter, however, Rolling Stone reports that a Twitter says that this incident was not the first takedown requests issued for content on Vine, though The Next Web found no other such complaints listed on Chilling Effects.