Touya_girl wrote:I am also very disappointed. The music industry really needs to keep their noses out of our business. We are not doing anything illegal by my knowledge. We do not profit from these videos. If you look at it, it's free publicity for the artist and the animes. They need to get their heads out of their asses.
This may not be a popular opinion, but then I'm not too crazy about some of the copyright laws myself. However, I have to see their side of the argument as well.
It is not the music industry poking its nose in our business but the other way around. Whether you profit or not, the music industry can argue in court (and would easily win) that you are distributing their music without paying proper royalties. Whether you profit from this or not, is irrelevant. Phade is right. There isn't a lot he can do in such a situation. Copyright laws are pretty iron clad.
See it from their side. If you wrote a great book, and you wanted to see it on the NYTimes Bestseller list, you aren't going to appreciate, if someone is handing it out free on the internet affecting YOUR sale numbers. The argument, "but I'm not profiting from this," is NOT going to deter you. You will still feel your intellectual property is being stolen and distributed without your permission (and you would be right)
Now, before you get angry with me, I'm on your side. I think the music industry is just plain greedy in all this. I know that AMV isn't distributing millions of files (as compared to say Napster in its illegal days), nor do I believe for one minute that AMV is any threat to the profits of any artist.
I understand (partially) their beef with file sharing, but only partially. They blame file sharing for why profits are down, but frankly, I think that's bunk. The Music Industry is having the same problem Hollywood has. They are putting out inferior product and the blaming and persectuing the customer for why they aren't buying.
I don't believe that file sharing keeps people from buying music. In fact, I have been exposed to more music in AMVs, than I ever hear on the radio. Subsequently, I want to go out and buy that music.
I first heard Creed in an AMV and was so knocked out by the song, I had to go out and buy the CD. A CD I would not have bought had I not heard the AMV.
So, I am on your side. I think the music industry is taking it out on their own customers for why they are losing sales. The reasons for this are too numerous to list here, but frankly, the country has moved into the 21st Century, but the music industry has not. They don't know how to handle the new technologies, and it would seem they think they can sue them out of existence.
Bottom line though, Phade made the correct decision, and frankly the only decision he could make. I have feared this for a while with the law suits from the music industry--whether or not they would take notice or take any actions on AMV.
I don't think this will be the last artist to make such demands. Once you have been noticed by the greedy and insecure, YOU have been noticed. It is sad. I was looking forward to making a new video. Unfortunately, it would appear another 20th Century Sacred Cow (aka the Music Industry) is going to try to put the brakes on another part of the 21st Century.
Can you imagine what it be like if the UN had actually got their mitts on the internet?