Just making it clear to everyone in case there is any doubt, if American Inventor has a season three (and we think that's a big IF), we will be featuring it on our site and not boycotting it.
We believe the show has many problems, but we do believe that it does offer terrific visibility for those who participate in it. We have concerns about the legal rights and paperwork related to the show, but by full discussion and analysis of the contracts by the inventors here, we think a well educated inventor can use American Inventor to help catapult their invention in a forum that otherwise is not available to new inventors and new invention ideas.
So BottleSlingGuy, we will not be boycotting the show.
As far as I know, they have done nothing deceptive or fraudulent enough to warrant us boycotting them. The show uses inventors and arguably features them in an unfavorable light, but as with everything in life, you don't get something for nothing.
The show is a resource and a tool. A smart and well-informed inventor can use it very effectively. Many of the show have. And as a website for inventors, we try to support and provide visibility to resources and tools, which can help individual inventors. American Inventor is far from perfect but its the only prime time television show inventors have.
And just to make it clear, we are not covering the American Inventor show because our site depends on it. We do not. At this point, the American Inventor show has almost no impact on this site's future success or survival. Our current popularity and the number of visitors we get are not materially impacted by the show. We only cover the show as a benefit to our inventors. In July, we had almost 750,000 visits to our website. We estimate that about 10,000 of those visits were directly related to the American Inventor show.