Knowname wrote:I would think that a boycot DONE RIGHT can be effective. What I mean is, in this situation, boycot the record labels, not the bands.
Any kind of effective boycott would require that the label understand the motivation behind the boycott.
To make the label understand the boycott, we'd have to draw their attention to AMVs.
If we draw their attention to AMVs they'd be legally required to hit us for EVERY OTHER BAND on their label by the exact same logic that got these three bands pulled.
If it was a big, public, loud boycott, all the other labels would have their attention drawn too. Petition your senator and it'll be ignored along with the other dozen fringe-group demands they get every day.
Look, everyone's acting like this has never happened before. Although it's the first time it's hit the .org, there've been at least two other cease and desist orders issued by record companies (the one that springs to mind was Prince's label). The result? The vids were pulled off the internet. Everyone yammered about how this was gonna be the end of the hobby. Everyone got really quiet. Then nothing happened.
The advantage of our hobby is that we're small, rather unassuming, and out of the public eye. I know it goes against most of y'all's nature, but really the best response to this is for us to quiet down, lest our own actions snowball into causing exactly what we're trying to prevent. Making AMVs is legal. Distributing them widely is not. Once the squall has passed, continue with business as ususal (while adhering to the C&D order). Phade's response here was totally appropriate.
Really. I don't want this snowballing into C&D orders sent to convention contests. *looks around nervously*