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The Raspberry Beret Lifetime Aggrievement Award

The Raspberry Beret Lifetime Aggrievement Award is granted for extraordinary abuses of the takedown process in the name of silencing speech. And of course we're proud to bestow the inaugural title on the artist formerly known as The Artist Formerly Known As Prince himself.

Prince is far from alone in his willingness to exploit the notice-and-takedown procedure for censorship, but he certainly occupies a special place in the pantheon. We've collected some of the most egregious examples of Prince partying like it's 1998 — the year the DMCA went into effect. Prince has shown time and again that he's willing to abuse copyright law in an attempt to recklessly impede free speech. Learn more in the full story below.

Date of threat or takedown: 
May 7, 2013
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