Thursday, October 12, 2006

SCTV on DVD Campaign FAQ

This is the campaign FAQ and if there are any questions here that I have not answered feel free to pass them on to me and I will answer them and even post them on the campaign site!

What is the SCTV on DVD Campaign?
The SCTV on DVD Campaign is dedicated to clearing the music that was cut from the SCTV DVD's which have been released by Shout! Factory. The Campaign is also dedicated to ensuring that all six seasons of SCTV are finally released on DVD, complete and uncut.

There are already two season of SCTV on DVD available right now. Why do a campaign for a series that is already on DVD?
The goal of the campaign is to ensure that all six seasons of SCTV get released on DVD complete and uncut. The hope is that eventually, the first four volumes of SCTV get a re-release some time in the future with all of the music that was cut finally restored.

Why go to all of this trouble for some music that was cut from the DVD's?
Replacing the music can, in many cases, destroy the very comic element of a sketch. In most cases, when SCTV used music in the shows, much of it was used in such a way as to be integral to the very fabric of that sketch. The whole context of the sketch is destroyed.

Shout! Factory worked very hard to clear as much of the music used in the orginal series as possible. Isn't this campaign just pointing the finger of blame?
No, not at all. The SCTV on DVD Campaign appreciates the work that Shout! Factory put into clearing music for the SCTV DVD's. We recognize that clearing music for the DVD's is not an easy task. We simply feel that SCTV fans and anyone who is interested can help Shout! Factory clear the remaining music cues for future DVD releases of SCTV.

The makers of SCTV never cleared the music for the series in the first place. Why should copyright holders allow their music to be used now?
Actually, many copyright holders were very forthcoming and struck a deal to allow their music to be used on the SCTV DVD's. We also believe that even though SCTV never cleared the music originally, there is still no reason for copyright holders not to strike a deal now. Copyright holders who have not allowed their music to be used on the SCTV DVD's up to this point are missing an opportunity to become a part of a comic legacy and they also miss out on potential income from DVD sales of the series.

SCTV was only a small series. Does SCTV really warrant the same kind of attention for clearing music as, say a show like The Simpsons or MASH?
Popularity is not the reason for this campaign. SCTV is a work of art that deserves to be preserved as the makers of the series intended it to be. Also, Shout! Factory would not have made the effort to clear the music used in the series if it wasn't popular enough.

Are we really in a position to bargain, after all, the copyright holders do have a right to decide how their music is used, right?
While it is certainly true that the copyright holders have the final word, we as the consumers of the DVD's have the right to be a part of the process. Copyright holders need to know just how much we would appreciate their contributions to the DVD's. We do pay for the DVD's at the point of sale and it is only fair that we have our voice heard.

Isn't this campaign just asking the Copyright Holders to give away their music for free?
Not at all. The intention of this campaign is that copyright holders be paid for their work. It is only right and fair that they are compensated for the use of their music. However, fans need to ask copyright holders to allow the use of their music for a more reasonable fee. Fans may also need to give Copyright Holders reasons other than just money. They need to know that we would appreciate their contribution to this Comedy Legend and that allowing their music to be used on the SCTV DVD's is a positive thing for everyone.

Where did the idea for this campaign come from?
I had no idea what could be done to improve the situation for SCTV on DVD. I searched the internet looking for ideas and found the Moonlighting DVD Campaign which was very successful at clearing all of the music for the series on DVD except for one music cut. Seeing how successful and organized they were, I decided to start a campaign for SCTV on DVD.

How can I get invoved in the campaign?
There are several ways for fans to contribute. Remember, this is Your campaign and there are several thing you can do to make a difference.

1. Write Letters
Fans can write letters to Shout! Factory to pass onto the copyright holders. You can easily print a letter of your choice from the Letters page. Sign it, seal it and mail it to Shout! Factory.

Letters page

2. Sign Petitions
There are two new petitions linked on the site and you can sign them online.

SCTV on DVD "Clear The Music" Petition

No more best of SCTV DVD sets - only complete seasons Petition.

3. Feedback
Your comments and suggestions are also important, remember, this is Your campaign, so take a minute and submit your comment or questions on the Feedback Page.

4. Email
Another way to get in touch with me is at

5. Guestbook
Don't want to fill in a form or send an email? Why not post a question or comment in the Guestbook.

6. Message Board
I have put together a message board that you can take part in and discuss the campaign at the SCTV on DVD Campaign ezBoard.

7. SCTV on DVD Blog
I have also put together an SCTV on DVD Campaign Blog which you might find interesting.

8. Spread the word
No campaign is a success without publicity. We need to spread the links for the campaign and for the petitions around the internet, so grab those links and spread the word!


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