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Anxiety

Radiohead to Prince: Unblock "Creep"

Radiohead to Prince: Unblock 'Creep' cover videos
By JAKE COYLE, AP Entertainment Writer


After word spread that Prince covered Radiohead's "Creep" at Coachella, the tens of thousands who couldn't be there ran to YouTube for a peek. Everyone was quickly denied - even Radiohead.

All videos of Prince's unique rendition of Radiohead's early hit were quickly taken down, leaving only a message that his label, NPG Records, had removed the clips, claiming a copyright violation. But the posted videos were shot by fans and, obviously, the song isn't Prince's.

In a recent interview, Thom Yorke said he heard about Prince's performance from a text message and thought it was "hilarious." Yorke laughed when his bandmate, guitarist Ed O'Brien, said the blocking had prevented him from seeing Prince's version of their song.

"Really? He's blocked it?" asked Yorke, who figured it was their song to block or not. "Surely we should block it. Hang on a moment."

Yorke added: "Well, tell him to unblock it. It's our ... song."

YouTube prohibits the posting of copyrighted material. If the site receives a complaint from a copyright owner, it will in most cases remove the video(s). Whether the same could be done for a company not holding a copyright is less clear, but Yorke's argument would seem to bear some credence according to YouTube's policies. YouTube, which is owned by Google, declined to comment.

Prince also did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.

The dispute was an interesting twist in debates over digital ownership, held between two major acts with differing views on music and the Internet. Radiohead famously released their most recent album, "In Rainbows," as a digital download with optional pricing. They also have a channel on YouTube.

When Prince performed at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., on April 26, he prohibited the standard arrangement of allowing photographers to shoot near the stage during the first three songs of his set. Instead, he had a camera crew filming his performance.

Prince, who founded NPG Records in 1993, has been innovative when it comes to music distribution, too. He released his 1997 album, "Crystal Ball," on the Internet and in 2006 was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Webbys. In 2007, he gave away copies of his disc "Planet Earth" in a British Sunday newspaper.

But the Purple One has also shut down his official Web site and in September of last year said he would sue YouTube and eBay for not filtering unauthorized content.

Prince fans have organized to urge him to relent in his legal fights to control images and photographs of himself. As of Thursday, the most popular YouTube clip about Prince playing "Creep" is an expletive-laden rant from Sam Conti Jr., who describes himself as a "former Prince fan."


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Reply #1 posted 05/30/08 6:13am

purplecam

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I hope Radiohead is successful with this. Maybe THIS will get Prince to finally stop fucking with Youtube. pray
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I'm not a fan of "old Prince". I'm not a fan of "new Prince". I'm just a fan of Prince. Simple as that
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Reply #2 posted 05/30/08 6:16am

SquirrelMeat

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its still on google video.....
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Reply #3 posted 05/30/08 6:17am

themusicthatco
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Good on you Radiohead, takes some Brits to talk some sense wink
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Reply #4 posted 05/30/08 6:24am

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Damn, p done lost his mind lol
i think it really should be up to radiohead, it IS their song.
...the little artist that could...
[...i think i can, i think i can, i think i can...]
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Reply #5 posted 05/30/08 6:29am

purplecam

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sammij said:

Damn, p done lost his mind lol
i think it really should be up to radiohead, it IS their song.

Exactly nod
I'm not a fan of "old Prince". I'm not a fan of "new Prince". I'm just a fan of Prince. Simple as that
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Reply #6 posted 05/30/08 6:31am

TchoFessio

lol prince sometimes makes me laugh lol

whats the saying about the rod up someones back?


cheers
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Reply #7 posted 05/30/08 6:35am

chookalana

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Prince is a moron. For a guy who was WAAAAY ahead of his time for releasing digital content, he's clueless now. It' be great if Radiohead sued him over this.... lol
"So strange that no one stayed at the end of the Parade..." - Wendy & Lisa's "Song About" on their 1987 self-titled album.
uzi RIAA
mac 'nuff said.
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Reply #8 posted 05/30/08 6:40am

Anxiety

radiohead should start covering prince songs during their shows and then post footage of it all over the place. biggrin
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Reply #9 posted 05/30/08 6:41am

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Cool. Since they have a channel, they should post it themselves. Maybe it couldn't be removed then.
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Reply #10 posted 05/30/08 6:42am

sammij

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Anxiety said:

radiohead should start covering prince songs during their shows and then post footage of it all over the place. biggrin

lol oh, that would make for a disaster of a lawsuit! they should totally do it!
...the little artist that could...
[...i think i can, i think i can, i think i can...]
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Reply #11 posted 05/30/08 6:43am

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ToraToraDreams said:

Cool. Since they have a channel, they should post it themselves. Maybe it couldn't be removed then.

they don't have access to it - that's what was discussed earlier in the article lol they were blocked too.
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...the little artist that could...
[...i think i can, i think i can, i think i can...]
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Reply #12 posted 05/30/08 6:44am

Orange123

poor Prince he's a right twat isnt he lol
I LOVE MYSELF
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Reply #13 posted 05/30/08 6:48am

Anxiety

sammij said:

Anxiety said:

radiohead should start covering prince songs during their shows and then post footage of it all over the place. biggrin

lol oh, that would make for a disaster of a lawsuit! they should totally do it!


at the very least, we'd have a bunch of radiohead versions of prince songs! excited
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Reply #14 posted 05/30/08 6:50am

kenlacam

Prince, if you read these sites, here's a message 4 U-


STOP BEING A FUCKING JACKASS!
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Reply #15 posted 05/30/08 6:52am

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Anxiety said:

sammij said:


lol oh, that would make for a disaster of a lawsuit! they should totally do it!


at the very least, we'd have a bunch of radiohead versions of prince songs! excited



that would be worth listening to. i love radiohead! headbang
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Reply #16 posted 05/30/08 6:52am

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Anxiety said:

sammij said:


lol oh, that would make for a disaster of a lawsuit! they should totally do it!


at the very least, we'd have a bunch of radiohead versions of prince songs! excited

FAIR! nod excited woot!

they should just do a whole album of prince covers, then release it like they did In Rainbows, AND give out free copies in the sunday new paper! woot!

and then, at their next set of shows, just throw them out into the audience. nod
...the little artist that could...
[...i think i can, i think i can, i think i can...]
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Reply #17 posted 05/30/08 6:54am

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sammij said:

Anxiety said:



at the very least, we'd have a bunch of radiohead versions of prince songs! excited

FAIR! nod excited woot!

they should just do a whole album of prince covers, then release it like they did In Rainbows, AND give out free copies in the sunday new paper! woot!

and then, at their next set of shows, just throw them out into the audience. nod

lol lol lol
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Reply #18 posted 05/30/08 6:55am

SoulAlive

This is insane.I swear,Prince really needs to LOOSEN UP! He's going around,acting like an old,bitter,out-of-touch grandfather.YouTube is the future of the Internet,he needs to embrace it.
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Reply #19 posted 05/30/08 6:57am

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angelcat said:

sammij said:


FAIR! nod excited woot!

they should just do a whole album of prince covers, then release it like they did In Rainbows, AND give out free copies in the sunday new paper! woot!

and then, at their next set of shows, just throw them out into the audience. nod

lol lol lol

seriously! lol
i totally would, just to get back at him - he's completely delusional now.. he's like diana ross, or lauryn hill. confused
...the little artist that could...
[...i think i can, i think i can, i think i can...]
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Reply #20 posted 05/30/08 6:57am

Anxiety

sammij said:

Anxiety said:



at the very least, we'd have a bunch of radiohead versions of prince songs! excited

FAIR! nod excited woot!

they should just do a whole album of prince covers, then release it like they did In Rainbows, AND give out free copies in the sunday new paper! woot!

and then, at their next set of shows, just throw them out into the audience. nod


they should just remake the purple rain album, song for song, and bulk mail it to everyone. i'd totally listen to it. nod
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Reply #21 posted 05/30/08 6:59am

sammij

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Anxiety said:

sammij said:


FAIR! nod excited woot!

they should just do a whole album of prince covers, then release it like they did In Rainbows, AND give out free copies in the sunday new paper! woot!

and then, at their next set of shows, just throw them out into the audience. nod


they should just remake the purple rain album, song for song, and bulk mail it to everyone. i'd totally listen to it. nod

oh man, radiohead covering computer blue?! or the beautiful ones?!?! excited excited excited excited

this needs to happen.
...the little artist that could...
[...i think i can, i think i can, i think i can...]
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Reply #22 posted 05/30/08 7:00am

Anxiety

sammij said:

Anxiety said:



they should just remake the purple rain album, song for song, and bulk mail it to everyone. i'd totally listen to it. nod

oh man, radiohead covering computer blue?! or the beautiful ones?!?! excited excited excited excited

this needs to happen.


let's send a petition to pitchfork.com! biggrin
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Reply #23 posted 05/30/08 7:03am

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I love Thom Yorke and I love Radiohead.

Funny, when I heard he covered Creep I immediately thought, "hilarious" as well. lol
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Reply #24 posted 05/30/08 7:26am

Goldstar

It seems his own actions have come back to bite him in the bum wink It all very well prince trying the lay down the law, but no man can be ruler, not even prince. I hope Radiohead do put it on their site. It will serve him right. prince is far too big for his boots. lol
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Reply #25 posted 05/30/08 7:32am

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falloff falloff falloff
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Reply #26 posted 05/30/08 7:33am

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Prince IS a creep. UNBLOCK the song!!!
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Reply #27 posted 05/30/08 7:35am

SilverlakePhil

former Prince fan , Sam Conti Jr.



He's kinda hot, but whata a bunghole, lol
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Reply #28 posted 05/30/08 7:37am

suomynona

Well, if a Coachella DVD ever is released, we know now that the highlight of the entire show won't be on it...

Good for Yorke. I posted elsewhere that he probably wouldn't be happy that Prince had THEIR song removed... shocking that I was right.
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Reply #29 posted 05/30/08 7:37am

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Anxiety said:

radiohead should start covering prince songs during their shows and then post footage of it all over the place. biggrin


yeah that would b a riot
man, he has such an amazing body of music that it's sad to see him constrict it down to the basics. he's too talented for the lineup he's doing. estelle 81
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