Prince issues copyright complaint against Twitter's Vine

Singer has also settled a lawsuit with a perfume manufacturer over breach of contract

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Prince has issued Twitter's Vine video app with a copyright claim.

According to Rolling Stone, the takedown request was sent on March 22 by an unnamed representative from his NPG Records label, highlighted eight clips containing unauthorised recordings and synchronisations. The videos in question appear to have been taken down as the links that appear at the end of the letter – which can be read at Chilling Effects – now lead to dead pages. Twitter's copyright policy – which covers Vine – allows it to remove or restrict access to videos that contain copyrighted material.

Meanwhile, Prince has settled a lawsuit filed by a perfume and cosmetics manufacturer, who accused the singer and his then record label Universal Music Group of breaching a contract to promote two products. According to Spinner, Revelations Perfume and Cosmetics sued Prince and UMG, claiming that Prince didn't follow through on contracts to help market perfumes using his name, likeness and the name of his 2006 album '3121'. The company was seeking £67,000 in damages. A judge in April ordered Prince to pay the company £2.64 million in losses, but denied the company punitive and lost-profit damages. Prince appealed the ruling the following month.

According to reports, Prince argued that after the licensing deal was signed he told the perfume company he wouldn't give interviews for the launch party nor provide photographs to accompany the press release. The parties have now agreed to withdraw the suit and the appeal, and have declined to disclose the terms of the settlement.

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