Prince is now issuing legal threats against his most ardent fans, an abrasive and unexpected move.
The artist recently issued cease-and-desist letters to three fansites demanding the removal of various images, lyrics, album covers, and other collateral. “Their demands for removing content and mandating how we would refer to Prince, if obliged, would essentially mean the end of any discussion of Prince-related topics, hosting of images … and more,” the owner of prince.org posted. Other affected sites include housequake.com and princefams.com.
Those sites have now joined forces against the action, the perfect ingredients for a public relations disaster. The group, “Prince Fans United,” is rallying aggressively against the alleged censorship. “It is our belief that these threats are not made in an attempt to enforce valid copyright as Prince alleges in his threats, rather we believe they are attempts to stifle all critical commentary about Prince,” the group said. For Prince, the move closely follows a legal assault against a number of online destinations, including YouTube, eBay, and The Pirate Bay.