Radiohead is asking Prince (pictured right) to stop blocking bootleg Youtube clips of his Coachella performance of their hit “Creep.”
It turns out that the Purple One has been yanking clips of his rendition of the Brit band’s signature tune, leaving only a message that his label, NPG Records, had removed the clips due to copyright violation. Yet the clips were shot by fans and the song is a cover…so whose copyright is being violated here?
In a recent interview, ‘Head frontman Thom Yorke said the blocking had prevented him from seeing Prince's version of their song.
Radiohead, of course, is very digital friendly, often offering fans free tracks (and even albums!) via its website. Prince, on the other hand, recently shut down his official website and said he would sue YouTube and eBay for not filtering unauthorized content.
Ironically, as of yesterday, the most popular YouTube clip about Prince playing "Creep" is an expletive-laden rant from a "former Prince fan."
Radiohead To Prince: Unblock 'Creep' YouTube Vids