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06.02.08 08:03 PM

Thom Yorke on Prince

In case you missed it this weekend, Prince asked YouTube to remove fan videos of his cover of Radiohead's "Creep" at Coachella. The originals may have been removed but there's more there. In fact, here's one:

Video: Prince - Creep @ Coachella

But watch it fast, as it may get removed again. Though according to the band's leader, the purple one doesn't have the right. He may have performed the song, but he doesn't own the rights to the song. In fact, Yorke said:

"Really? He's blocked it?" Yorke was reported to have said. "Surely we should block it. Hang on a moment ... well tell him to unblock it, it's our song." []

There's an interesting copyright discussion to be had here. But I'm not having it. Truth is, unless Prince was doing it with the NPG he wasn't ever very Internet-friendly. Sure join his club, but don't try to interact with his music or likeness anywhere else. I hate this about him, because I grew up loving him so much. It's a sheer contradiction to have Radiohead on one side embracing the Web -- realizing that what matters most is getting the music into the fan's hands.

It's a dead conversation, but it's a fun video to watch -- who expected a Prince cover of Creep? Thom Yorke really should call up Prince and tell him he doesn't have any rights over this one.

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