Vine is pretty cool. It allows you to tweet six seconds’ worth of looped video of–well, anything. Think of it as an extended animated GIF.
But here’s the problem: copyright.
Prince (who hates everything about the Internet, apparently), has demanded that eight Vine clips of him be taken down. Here’s the complaint:
These are unauthorized recordings and are unauthorized synchronizations. As such, I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted work described above is not authorized by the copyright owner (or by a third party who is legally entitled to do so on behalf of the copyright owner) and is not otherwise permitted by law. I hereby confirm that I believe the tracks identified in this email infringe my copyright.
Really? Six seconds worth of looped video is doing damage? Vine is setting off a whole new debate in what constitutes “fair use” and what doesn’t. It’s another example of how laws can’t keep up with technology.