Where’s the sales effect?

So the big question is: what would Sony BMG have to do, and how much of a stink would we need to make about it, to spark an effective boycott? So far, the answer appears to be a lot more and a lot bigger. News.com and SoundScan did the numbers on sales of XCP protected titles and there appears to be, at best, a transient effect. Fliers might help, as will the lawsuits, but I think the big challenge is getting the word out to everyone about the issue.

Some of the things discussed in the article, such as negative Amazon reviews, might have an effect. The real effort is to get the story in front of people at all points of purchase, including retail stores; this is why Free Culture @ NYU’s actions are so important.

8 Responses to “Where’s the sales effect?”

  1. Matt McFarland Says:

    I am totally bocotting Sony until they clean up the mess they’ve created. Their practices of installing rootkits on the consumers pc is way out of line and I will not purchase anything for a company that treats all of its consumers like criminals.

  2. Mike Says:

    I was looking for Stravinksy’s “Firebird” yesterday. Guess what? - the record store had a copy actually conducted by Stravinksy himself. Bummer: it was a Sony CD. I bought a different version.

    But I realize I’m the odd one out here. I actually asked the store’s owner if he had heard of the XCP debacle, and he hadn’t. He said somewhat shamefacedly that he ought to have known what was going on in the music industry news. So I said I supposed this was more tech news than music industry news.

    This is the trouble. This affair is very bad publicity for Sony: their name is mud in the tech world. I think they’ve damaged their own brand name so badly in the tech world that it’ll take a very long time for the mud to wash off, if it ever does.

    However, most people don’t follow tech news, and just don’t know. I think this makes the lawsuits so important. *Something* has got to restrain Sony, whether it be market pressures or legal penalties.

  3. mATT Says:

    I have had it with Sony, I was planning on buying the new PS3 for my girlfriend for xmass… but after this mess…. I will never let a single person I know, buy a sony product again.

  4. anon Says:

    It’s stupid to just boycot CDs. The point is to hurt Sony as much as possible. You should hit them where they are weakest.

    Boycott all their stuff this Christmas. Christmas is the most important time of the year for Sony.

    Google for sony employees and send them a note that you will not be buying a PSP because of the rookkit.

    Write a letter to your newspaper that you think Sony sucks.

    Write a letter to your State Attorney general that Sony is installing spyware.

  5. Piisssed OFf Says:

    There’s probably many more out there. Sony’s the one that got caught with their hand in the cookie jar! Doesn’t sound like they’re sorry about it either.

  6. Dennis M. Yates Says:

    From ‘Sony’s Escalating “Spyware” Fiasco’ at http://yahoo.businessweek.com/technology/content/nov2005/tc20051122_343542.htm

    “Singers and songwriters are increasingly expressing frustration at devices used by record companies to protect digital content from widespread theft that results when CDs are copied repeatedly or popular tracks are given away on peer-to-peer (P2P) networks, such as LimeWire and BitTorrent. Sony’s misstep has been bad for the company — and its effects could spread much further, should the consumer outcry gain traction with the recording artists who need to keep their fans happy if they want to sell records.”

    Today’s helpful hint: Pick five singers/songwriters you enjoy who release albums on the Sony/BMG label and write to them, letting them know your outrage and that you are boycotting Sony.

  7. Rad Says:

    Maybe people should let Sony know that they’ve chosen an alternative to a Sony product on purpose? Like maTT who’s commented above. If he wrote an email to Sony telling them he bought a Nintendo DS for his girlfriend instead of the Sony PSP purely because of Sony’s business practices and attitudes over DRM, and if enough people did that the alarm bells may start to ring.

  8. Pamphleteer Says:

    Fliers work, but need to be directed accurately. Tucked in product shelves at the electronics and record stores. Posted next to SONY retail electronics stores. Posted where other recording and consumer electronics executives shop.

    Order something good from Greentrax, Rounder Records or Blue Heaven Studios. Then fax a (redacted) packing list to Sony when you get it. Tell them we haven’t stopped buying music. We’ve just stopped buying their music.

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