November 13, 2007 by Nicholas Dobbek
According to several media sources recording artist Prince (a.k.a., formerly known as The Artist Formerly Known As Prince) is prepared to sue YouTube (as well as eBay and Pirate Bay) for copyright infringement of his works.
Prince is not alleging that Youtube is itself infringing on his copyright. Youtube only provides a forum for people to post and view videos electronically. Any user that posts or accesses copyrighted material without authorization would be the copyright infringer. Prince is alleging, however, that Youtube is authorizing the copyright infringement by its users. If the case were to be heard in Canada, surely CCH Canadian Ltd. v. Law Society of Upper Canada  S.C.J. No. 12 would be the case on point.