Jan. 20th, 2012

mercy_angel_09: (Sanzo!Hakkai)
Saw this in [livejournal.com profile] earthstar_moon's journal (I have no idea who else has posted it, I haven't got that far yet). Too good NOT to repost.

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] vexed_wench at Seems I Am Not The Only One....
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] morgandawn at Seems I Am Not The Only One....
......who feels the need to take a break from an increasingly dysfunctional relationship.

Okay, I have no idea if this will really make an impact. Really, for it to make an impact it would have to go international. And hey, I don't see why it couldn't. But I think that it has the potential to show the MPAA and the RIAA to see what happens when people really decide to not buy.

However, I think to really further the impact, writing a well thought out and polite letter to both organizations to explain why you are not buying during the month would do the trick. Yes, you can boycott something, but tell them why. Don't let them just think, "Eh, someone else will pick up the slack."

As it stands there don't appear to be any movies or music that I absolutely have to have. I'll survive the month. I'd suspend all Netflix viewing, but I still pay for the service regardless of whether I'm watching anything streaming or getting the DVDs. Furthermore, if you really need to buy movies or musics or book, look for self-published materials. Those are produced by people who are not part of the large corporations that support SOPA and PIPA. Both the Kindle Store and the Nook store offer great deals on self-published works. Also consider what's available for free, on line. Fictionpress.net allows aspiring authors to post their work online for free, via Fanfiction.net's original content site. Many weblit authors have their own blogs and sites where the publish their stories. Independent musicians also operate with their own websites where you can listen to their music streaming.

Now, ultimately I believe that while this won't make a long term impact (like not buying *anything* for a whole financial quarter quite possibly could), it might do enough to make the execs sit up and say, "Hey now wait a minute..."

Now, if we collectively decided to boycott buying anything for a whole quarter (three months), then that theoretically could put enough of a dent in their wallets to REALLY make them take notice. Low sales for three months isn't exactly something to sneeze at. Even when you're as big as the MPAA and RIAA.


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