12
Jul/07

Good and Bad Demand Letters To Fans


Dealing with potential infirngements by fans is tricky. In this discussion by EFF, this is identified as bad:
“On behalf of the artist’s label, we do appreciate that – of course – you are a fan of / are promoting The New Pornographers but, by the same token, you must also appreciate that, by posting a pirate copy of the album or tracks from the album – or, as in this case, a special ‘bonus’ track – pre-release (or linking to pirate copies), you are potentially causing considerable inconvenience and we are sure that you would not want to be personally responsible (or liable) for all of the resulting damage and disruption.”
and this is good:
“hi
this is Colin from the Decemberists. Please please please pretty
please don’t post those new songs on your blog. We’d really love to
see the record come out in its own time. I realize it’s kind of
pointless to try to fight leaking, but for what it’s worth. . .
I recognize that you’re doing it because you like the band and are
being supportive, but you know how these things are: eventually, they
fall into the hands of less respectful people and it spreads like
wildfire from there.
thanks!
colin meloy”

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