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Prince orders takedown of Youtube videos from exclusive SXSW gig?

Three videos showing pop legend Prince performing at the annual SXSW event in Austin have been taken down, apparently by Prince’s own personal publishing company, Controversy Music. In the singer’s latest Quixotes-que attempt to “curtail” the internet, three videos of Prince performing at a special gig at SXSW were zapped.

Not surprisingly though, there are still dozens of videos featuring price although most of them appear to be music videos rather than user-generated content.

The event was sponsored by Samsung as part of its #TheNextBigThing concert and saw the (paid-for) apparition of the newly-launched Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Camera. The singer/songwriter, formerly known as “Love symbol” and “the artist formerly known as Prince”, has been often criticized for being heavy handed when it comes to his relationship with his fan base.

Back in 2007, he threatened to sue thousands of his staunchest fans for “breach of copyright” and his legal team forced several of the artist’s biggest fansites to take down all “photographs, images, lyrics, album covers and anything linked to” Prince causing them to, ironically, launch a coalition called Prince Fans United.

He was famously quoted saying that “the internet’s completely over” back in 2010 and is notorious for his aversion to technology. His official website,, was taken offline back a few years ago although how exactly he manages to produce his songs without resorting to technology remains a mystery.

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Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.