Why won’t they tell me when they are censoring what I’m buying?

Amazon marks material that they find objectionable with [Explicit]. They don’t mark another version of the same material with content removed as [Censored]. How can I tell when I get the real thing or not? I have to search the website and carefully check to see if there’s a version of the material I’m trying to buy that has the [Explicit] label because I would prefer to have the material as the artist intended it.

For example, if I want to buy “Welcome Home” by Coheed and Cambria I may not be aware that there exists a version marked as [Explicit] and therefore I will end up buying a version with words deleted.

I am currently having a dialog with live people from the Amazon customer service department who have pointed out that they do not mark items as [Explicit] and that comes from the manufacturers. However, I recently asked them:

How can you sell a product that is not what the artist intended? Regardless of how you receive this content, it is your duty to inform your customers that this product has been altered from its original form. That’s what I’m looking for. I want you to become aware of the content you’re selling and tell customers when you’re selling them a song with missing words.

Don’t you think that Amazon should be marking material that has been edited and censored from what the artist intended as [Censored]?

One Response to Why won’t they tell me when they are censoring what I’m buying?

  1. TMac says:

    That comes from the record label. They probably have something similar to a style guide that says what to edit and what not to edit for any specific customer. We get similar requests for our NASCAR products. Some customers refuse to carry things with Crown Royal or Jack Daniels sponsors listed, others with Bud, Miller, or other beers, and then others don’t care. Home Depot will carry things with Lowe’s on it but Lowe’s won’t carry things with Home Depot on the package.

    Sure the styles are created by Amazon or Wal-Mart but the labeling and what not come from whoever is making the album. If the label actually had a problem with it and extension to some degree the artist (probably minor) then they wouldn’t sell edited versions.

    To me censorship is when the government steps in and edits art or speech or whatever. When two companies agree to edit something to make that isn’t censorship. Nobody is forcefully telling an artist they can’t say what want. The artist makes concessions because they want to sell CDs or downloads or however people buy music anymore. Nobody is forcing them to do it, Amazon just won’t buy it.

    The band is employed by the record label or at least under contract. The record label wants to sell CDs to Amazon. You can’t do whatever you want or say whatever you want to say in the games you design. There are license issues and probably to a certain degree ‘decency’ standards. There are parameters to the games that SOE (or Decipher or WizKids or whatever) employs you to design.

    You’re free to design whatever game you want, write the content how you like but if it doesn’t fit those parameters you’ll be fired and/or the game won’t be published. You can still pay to publish the game yourself. You’re not being censored anymore or less then the artists are.

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