- Posted by Johanna on November 24, 2007 at 10:49 am
- Category: Comic News
Update: For the latest on this situation, please read this post.
Z-Cult FM (link no longer available) has announced that they will not be closing in response to legal threats from DC and Marvel. They are reopening their trackers, based on several reasons: they’re not in the US, Marvel wasn’t available over the Thanksgiving holiday for discussion, and member demand. Also a factor is the following:
Here at Z-Cult FM we have always had a clearly explained and signposted policy of making it clear to all comic publishers and copyright holders that we will on request (and reasonable proof of ownership) remove their material from our trackers if they requested us to.
So why didn’t DC and Marvel follow the policy? Probably because that puts the effort on the publishers to list the exact comics posted instead of relying on a blanket demand. I can easily imagine DC and Marvel thinking that that was too much trouble to go to in dealing with someone they think of as beneath their attention. They’d have to respect torrenters enough to talk with them, and I don’t see that happening.
Z-Cult FM goes on to praise SLG Publishing (which I still think of as Slave Labor). SLG requested removal of their comics when they launched their EyeMelt online comic store. Now, though,
SLG Publishing has now given us permission to lift the ban on their comics and are happy for us to torrent any comics of theirs. In exchange for SLG Publishing working with us instead of against us we will be providing banner links to their site for free so please be sure to check out their site and support their actions.
Apparently, free publicity and samples works. (The Disney licensed titles are an exception, though, since they’re still banned.) What an interesting choice! SLG is really leading the industry in terms of online experiments. I would love to know more about their reasoning for this decision. Several Z-Cult respondents immediately follow up that they hadn’t tried SLG comics before, but that this would make them do so. Here’s an example:
I too hadn’t hear of SLG before, but will start supporting them in order to show the Big Two how they should have handled the situation. My hat’s off to them for leading this (hopeful) change in how the comic industry does business.
Update: The SLG message was a hoax.