I can't ever understand why someone would want to take legal action against independent Flash artists just for using music. In fact, all it does is promote the song and increase awareness, which in turn leads to more sales. And here are a truckload of good examples just from my perspective alone:
This movie, which features Pink Maggit by Deftones, encouraged me to buy more Deftones albums after I really enjoyed hearing the full version of this song. I now own five of them, including Adrenaline, White Pony, Deftones, Saturday Night Wrist, and B Sides & Rarities. Would this have happened if I never heard Pink Maggit from this movie? Probably not. I didn't know squat about the band prior to this movie.
And then there's this movie, which features First Breath After Coma by Explosions in the Sky. Thanks to this movie, I brought four of their albums, which includes How Strange, Innocence, The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever, and All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone. Would this have happened if I never heard First Breath After Coma from this movie? Not a chance.
- Ages 13+
Thanks to taking part in this collab, I went out and brought three of Distrubed's albums, including The Sickness, Believe, and Ten Thousand Fists. Again, I probably wouldn't have come across this band if it weren't for this collab.
Case in point, I'm all for promoting original material and flash artists using Audio Portal submissions, but I think its downright stupid for anyone to press legal charges for the use of copyrighted music when there's absolutely no intention to make money off of it. These are just three cases where the use of copyrighted music actually HELPED the band promote the music and increase sales that ordinarily wouldn't have happened. Seriously, what the hell is the big deal?
Still though, if this is the way its gotta be, then that's a real shame. Nobody wins. Not the flash artists, and neither the music artists who are missing out on gaining future fans and future album sales from awareness-creating flash movies.