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]?