He might remain an influential pop icon, but Prince isn't happy about his songs being covered - so much so that he wants the law changed to ban the activity.
Prince was speaking to George Lopez on Lopez Tonight when he explained his feelings on the matter.
"My problem is when the industry covers the music," he says. "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."
The artist has a spotted legal history, where he's even picked battles with his own fans for using his image, and even ranted when a toddler was dancing to his song on YouTube. The video was taken down, but when the toddler's father counter-sued, they won and set a precedent for the "fair use" policy which allows ortions of copyrighted material to be used in reasonable circumstances.
Beside all this, Prince himself covered Radiohead's 1990s anthem "Creep" at Coachella Festival a few years ago. Did he have a problem with himself for covering it? Believe it or not, he did - at his request, a video of his cover was removed from the internet. Time to get your priorities straight, sir.