Originally Posted by marketing
I pay for online WSJ...have magazine subscriptions. I think it's an interesting idea, don't get me wrong, but I don't feel the cross section of people that are adamantly opposed to and/or are aware of SOPA, who also spend significantly on copyrighted media is large enough to make an impact. This is why un-defeatable advertising has been introduced to the web, because we weren't spending enough on this stuff in the first place, and revenues have to come from somewhere.
"Ownership" or buying media is an outdated form of delivery. I don't download illegally because I just go to Pandora or Youtube to hear music - should I stop listening to Pandora? I don't buy magazines because I read them online, where they also advertise - should I stop doing that? For the few subscriptions I have, should I suspend them for a month? Don't read the paper online for a month?
Maybe I'm nit picking, but it's somewhat preposterous to me that such a simple solution is posed in defiance of a very complicated problem. I seriously think it's an interesting discussion, so don't think I'm trolling - I'm not.
No, I don't think you are trolling and the points you have brought up are all good and valid. I am not sure how best to address them and really it's not my job to act as a spokesperson of any kind for this effort. That being said, personally I think the effort is aimed at "new" purchasing and supporting decisions on our parts and not our current subscriptions/ obligations, etc.
For example, if you have a current Netflix subscription and are getting charged a monthly fee, it's stupid to boycott watching any movies there since you are already paying for it. However, you can stop watching the latest Hollywood blockbusters on the screens with the family and not contribute another $40-$80 weekly to their sales. Of course again, if you really want to go at it, stopping any and all subscriptions or canceling them for a month is still an option.
Also I think as an informed consumer, it's prudent to educate yourself on which media companies/ outlet are against SOPA/ PIPA type legislation and not bundle them into the same group you are protesting against. There are some big names behind such effort including Google, Wikipedia, Reddit, Imgur, etc.