Hugh Robjohns wrote:Is it not ironic that those who are calling out a company for apparently bullying a critic are the same ones now bullying existing or potential customers of that company to sell, or not to buy, their products?
If this is little pop at me, "Please reconsider" is hardly bullying. There are lot of very decent, hard working people in music tech who don't have the financial, marketing and manufacturing muscle Behringer enjoy and personally I encourage (not bully!) people to consider supporting them instead.
As usual, a lot of people are taking offence on behalf of someone else, too, without actually knowing the full story and making all kinds of assumptions about the origins and intentions of the video without any facts at all.
Was this video commissioned by Uli, or was it an underling who got carried away and made a very poor judgement call? The answer matters enormously, but does anyone actually know?
Was this a genuinely vicious and carefully planned attack on an 'innocent' independent critic... or was it misdirected humour between old and well-seasoned sparring partners with well-ground axes?
Trademarking someone's name and spending many thousands and many months mocking up a synth and producing professional video goes way beyond this. To imagine Uli would not have to sign this off is completely absurd. Go to the Glassdoor website and you can get an idea about how he treats his employees.
I do actually know Peter. Behringer have acted very aggressively in the past and all Peter has done is calmly point this out on his website. He's a really nice guy and has never got involved in childish spats with anyone. He doesn't deserve the false equivalence and victim blaming he's got from some corners, although happily it seems most are in support of him.