Thank you for your reply, Christian.
What can I say… I completely understand what you’re saying – in fact all is right and taken care of. I just need to help you to be helped. Right? Let us see how that goes…
Absolutely! Copyright and Intellectual property is something we take extremely seriously.
I am so sorry, but from my side it does not look that way. If you would take this things seriously, you would ban all those people that submit stolen items and ideas? Instead you keep their accounts alive and even let them upload new stuff.
At the same time, It’s important to remember that we can’t police the internet. Excluding PhotoDune, there are over half a million (nearly 600k) items for sale on our Marketplaces, so it’s very difficult to keep on top of what has already been approved and check it against new submissions.
That is understandable, but if I can spot all those stolen items, how come people that have direct interaction with those files can’t see it? I don’t know, but it might be the wrong system then and reviewing should be changed to be more effective.
This is why we rely on users such as yourself, authors and the community to bring copyright and IP issues to our attention. They’re the highest priority Support Ticket we receive and are usually, if not always, followed up within 24 hours.
With all due respect, don’t you have enough unanswered support tickets already? Also, authors that are worth to keep on this marketplaces, those who actually follow the IP seriously, are working hard on their own items, on their own ideas, and do not have time to monitor this community, let alone write all the tickets that mostly gets an answer in line ”...send DMCA.” which is not always legit – it only applies to the “copied to the bones” files.
Anyway, all I would like from Envato is to make some actions, so that we all see that you truly take copyright and IP seriously. For start that would be to ban people who are constantly (repeatedly) copying other authors, gangs (not hard to spot!), those who buys their own items (or gangs for each other) and give themselves 5 stars on new items, and so on… It is really not hard to spot those things, especially if you have all the behind the scene data available.
As you can see I am not active on my account anymore, but I am very active on some other accounts, collaborating with other authors, and a lot of my work has been stolen. Slowly it’s getting too painful and we are having enough.
@MhW, while I have your attention… Does Envato ever plan to do anything about the copycats, scammers and people submitting stolen assets in items? At the moment it looks like there’s very few true authors left on this marketplaces. It’s all copy of the copy of the copy …
No. He uploaded a new file with a new name, but with the thumb and preview from one of his old, recently updated files. Twice so far (for different files).
This is the second time this week that one author on GR succeeded to upload a new file with a thumbnail and preview of one of his old successful files, along with a prominent “UPDATED” word on it. It looks like a slick exposure to me! He is obviously doing this to show that he updated the old file. After some time he just change the thumbnail and preview image to the correct one. On a first glance it all looks like an innocent mistake. But only to an untrained eye.
In case you wonder why would an author do that and loose the exposure of the new file… Well, if you would upload as many files as this guy does every other day (often more than half page of files), you would easily sacrifice that one file for exposure of an old successful file.
Question to the staff: How can this go through?
I see. Much better said. Thinking outside the box, finding new ways and planning is certainly a good way to go. I completely agree that without good planning you get lost. I would just add that it is always good to have at least a few plans, because A and B might not work out well.
Back to topic… The flood of mediocre items is certainly not good. Maybe at this time it somehow works, but soon people will start to think about GR as “ah, yet another marketplace with mediocre stuff, where you need hours to find something good and useful”.
We probably are all very well aware that it’s all about the income. If people want to make some money, they have to work smart. However, copying other people’s ideas and work, and flooding the marketplace, is just not the way to go. Sure, these ‘tactics’ can gain people an advantage over those who actually work on their own ideas and produce their own assets, but in the long run it doesn’t pay off.
@SeraphimChris Don’t you think this was a bit patronizing?
The only sentence in your post inline with this thread would be:
... don’t try to copy other artist works, it devalues the marketplace when the same style is seen on 20 accounts.
That is the only point worth debating about.
By the way, I think 20 years plan mostly don’t work out, unless you have some contract with God (or the other guy)
This really is a huge problem! It certainly would not be a problem at all, if those “authors” were actual authors with quality items. But that is far from the case. Mostly those authors are brutal copycats working in clusters, just waiting around the corner for any successful idea, copy it to the bones and multiply it as many times as they can. Emphasis here is on copycats – one of the main problems on Graphicriver today.