He was dreaming when he said this

And normally, I’d be inclined to forgive him for going astray with it, but The Artist Currently Known As Prince seems to have a problem with cover versions:

“There’s this thing called compulsory licensing law that allows artists through the record companies to take your music at will without your permission. And that doesn’t exist in any other art form, be it books, movies — There’s only one version of Law & Order. There’s several versions of ‘Kiss’ and ‘Purple Rain’.”

On what planet is there only one version of Law & Order? Dick Wolf has come up with every variation short of L&O: PDQ.

Fact is, though, you or I or even Dick Wolf could do a version of, say, “1999,” and as long as Prince gets paid, it’s legal. I’m guessing Prince’s objections probably don’t extend to the “getting paid” part of it.

Tommy James, meanwhile, was not available for comment.

(Via Fark.)


  1. fillyjonk »

    26 April 2011 · 7:29 am

    “I’m guessing Prince’s objections probably don’t extend to the “getting paid” part of it.”

    I wonder how he feels about the second-hand CD market. (If such a thing still exists). I remember some years back, someone – I want to say it was Garth Brooks, but I could be wrong on that – commented that he’d like to “ban” resales of CDs. Turned out it was because he wouldn’t get paid for those sales.(And yeah, I know: there’s the larger issue of people ripping the CD to electronic files, having those files, and selling the CD, but this was before that was even common, and the best you could do would be making a tape copy, which of course degraded over time)

  2. CGHill »

    26 April 2011 · 7:45 am

    There’s a second-hand CD/DVD store about a mile from me; they seem to be doing well enough.

    I think we’ll see more “tiered” sales, so long as there’s a demand for actual CDs. Last year, I bought Freezepop’s Imaginary Friends at the Tier 2 level: they shipped me a CD and gave me a download link for the entire album plus four bonus tracks. It was maybe $3 more than just pulling down the digital version.

  3. Jennifer »

    26 April 2011 · 10:22 am

    Just saying.

  4. CGHill »

    26 April 2011 · 10:42 am

    Eye beams on Full Lumber, it appears.

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