Prince bemoans cover versions

May 2011

Music publishing

Prince has complained about the fact that other artists can cover his songs in an interview with George Lopez in which he tells the talk show host why the law should be changed so that nobody else in music can create cover versions of his hit songs, including “Kiss” and “Purple Rain.” “My problem is when the industry covers the music,” says Prince. “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.”

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