Prince sends cease and desist letter to Le Petit Prince creator

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Those familiar with Prince's litigious ways probably knew that it was only a matter of time. But folks who like to combine their arts and crafts projects with their love of the Artist and post the results online may want to take note: Prince and his people are not amused.

Last year, Seattle-based artist Troy Gua decided to pay homage to the Purple One by designing a Thunderbirds-style Prince marionette and painstakingly recreating a series of Prince's famous looks by hand. After sharing the fruits of his labor online, the project went viral.

Last Friday, Prince's people told him to knock it off, and requested that he remove all images of the project from his website.

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Gua has issues a response, which you can read in full on his Facebook page.

It is with a heavy heart that I write this - I have been issued a cease & desist order from Prince's attorneys. This means that the Le Petit Prince project has reached its untimely end and must be removed from the internet by Friday, November 16, 4pm PST. There are many points touched upon in the order, and I will, of course, comply with their demands, whether I agree with them as matters of artistic freedom or not. I simply do not wish to fight with my hero, and it is terribly disheartening to think that he may hold ill will towards me and this project.
In the note, Gua goes on to state that he has attempted to contact Prince and and his people to better explain the project and to defend the claims made in the cease and desist, but has yet to hear back.

Though Le Petit Prince and his items are all one-of-a-kind, Gua did sell a calendar with the doll in iconic Prince poses and at various Minneapolis-esque settings. Gua claims that money made through sales were meager at best, however, and were only used to fund the continuation of the project and to help pay for an exhibition show. Before the cease and desist, Gua wrote from his official website:

What you are seeing is the tip of the iceberg of an extensive art project and photographic series: images of a unique doll in various guises - there is ONLY ONE Le Petit Prince, and he's NOT FOR SALE. As for the possibility of reproduction, I have no intention or desire to break any laws or piss off my hero, so without the express consent and cooperation from Prince himself, I will not be reproducing this artwork in doll form. I would love nothing more than to put Le Petit Prince in the hands of true fans, but without Prince, it can't happen. Prince, if you're out there, I'd love to hear from you.

Unfortunately, it sounds like he did.
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zach.pasdoe
zach.pasdoe

It's amazing how Prince treats his loyal fans.  The guy is a musical genius and a total d-bag as well.

zach.pasdoe
zach.pasdoe

He is a musical genius by today's, popular music standards.  Many musicians have and would agree.

keny1
keny1

 @Realist The only one who writes about Prince anymore is CP.  No one else writes articles about him because....well....you know.....his short-lived career was over 20 fucking years ago!

 

Hey CP.  Prince is over.  Prince is done.  Prince went bye bye. A long time ago. Get over it.  2012 is over here *points finger* 

amyldavis142
amyldavis142

@Realist @zach.pasdoe<TO YOU he hasn't been relevant.  The guy has not let up.  He can drop music as fast as some1 drops a dime on a criminal! & good music at that!!

mspmidway
mspmidway

 @Realist  After reading your posts, I think it's safe to say that the only instrument you know how to play is the skin flute.  

Realist
Realist

 @zach.pasdoe I'm a musician. I disagree. Prince hasn't been relevent for many, many years.

TwinTown77
TwinTown77

@keny1@Realist@TwinTown77

I think you should learn how to read and actually comprehend what one has stated before you try to get into arguments.  Again, name one washed up artist who can play 21 nights in a row at the O2 Arena.  How about one washed up artist that can sell out three consecutive nights at the United Center?

 

TwinTown77
TwinTown77

 @Realist  @keny1 Name one washed up artist who has recently performed 21 nights in a row at the O2 Arena.  

Prince's most recent tour (Welcome 2) reached three continents and included 80 date with the last three being sold-out shows at Chicago's United Center.  Again, name one washed up artist who pull off tours like this.  

 

You clearly have no idea as to what you are talking about so, move along.

Realist
Realist

 @TwinTown77  @keny1  @Realist So he's big in London? This isn't London. Many washed up "stars" go on to lead successful careers overseas after their star has faded stateside. Example: David Hasselhoff.

 

You have no point.

TwinTown77
TwinTown77

 @keny1 The thing people have to realize about Prince is that he isn't making music for the Billboard charts.  As a matter of fact, I think it's safe to state that he gave up seeking hits in the early to mid- 90s. He is making music for himself and for is diehard fans simply because he can.  If he cared about what you, the media, and record companies thought, he would still be with the Revolution and releasing the same music.  

TwinTown77
TwinTown77

 @keny1  @Realist LOL!!  Yeah, Prince has been irrelevant for over 20 years.  The man played 21 sold-out dates at London's O2 Arena in 2007.  

 

Trolls and clueless people are over here *points finger*

 

 

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