Theft is the biggest form of flattery….so they say! Ralf, I think it’s an unfortunate symptom of success having people trying to emulate or even copy your work, but my belief is that it establishes you even more as the originator. Soundalikes rarely rock the world like originals do, and your track is solid and rocking the world.
Thanks Cato, I know this saying. But I somehow have ambivalent feelings here. A few months ago someone pointed me to a track from an author who copied an entire song from me. The only thing he changed was one or two notes of the main theme, but apart from that, same song, same instrumentation, same arrangement, he even used the exact same reversed piano samples at the exact same position of “his song”. As you can imagine, it was hard for me to feel flattered at this moment.
Hi AudioQuattro, I just want to answer to this last comment, as you can see, I’ve stopped replacing to the same kind of answer about “hey man, it’s the famous 4 chord progression”..ok, it’s just the famous chord progression.
Luca, in this particular case this is just not true. It´s not about the famous 4 chord progression. In both intros, when the arpeggio is playing, there are no chords, there are just notes building a sort of melody or theme. This guy just ripped off this melody. What happens later in this track is not of interest here.
Thanks Luca for bringing this to our attention. It´s somehow interesting to read through this thread and see the difference between people´s opinion about copying or being inspired. While I am not interested in commenting on this particular topic, I would like to mention that to me it´s so strange to see that in every thread about so called “critical” things or issues it doesn´t take very long until the person who started it gets accused for that. I respect and appreciate the positivity of this community but it seems this forum has become a carpet where issues get swept under.
Well, you already work in AJ.
Oh no, not Mat, this can´t be good for any of us. Swiss people are commonly known to be over-accurate, captious and hairsplitting. So Mat, please have mercy on us. Congrats though!
Hey Jaap, first of all respect for your post. You may be under the impression that this thread is about you but it´s not. It´s about a system that allows and maybe even misleads authors to act in a way which leads to damage the marketplace and its participants. Believe me or not, I don´t blame you for being exclusive here and selling somewhere else. But I blame AJ to act so carelessly in regards of featuring “exclusive” content as this is simply not appropriate for all of us. I can´t help but think that AJ just does not care about what is going on on other sites, which they are obliged to do since they offer exclusivity. And it´s not that hard to see what´s obviously going wrong. Again Jaap, big respect for you and your disclosure. It was just the tip of an iceberg.
So why do you not just report Exclusive Authors uploading their original content to other Marketplaces ?
Did you actually read what this is all about? I don´t just report as I am tired of doing this. Period! It´s not my job. I care about my business. And by the way, I happened to find you on another site putting up your portfolio at the same time you decided to have a non-exclusive account here an AJ and naturally on other sites as well. There were a few “new” tracks but also one track you´ve sold exclusively her on AJ. I don´t remember its name and to be honest I just don´t care and maybe you removed it in the meantime and yes, it was just one track, but you know, before having the guts to participate in this very thread and claiming yourself as a loyal author here on AJ I would advise you to care about your own business.
I understand to AudioQuattro. You must be losing a lot of money by following the rules.
I hear that! It’s not 17% for Ralf these days (or me for that matter), but 37% that we’re giving up for the privilege of being able to post elsewhere and playing by the rules.
That´s the point. Joel hit the nail, we´re giving money up for the privilege of being able to sell our stuff elsewhere. We don´t lose money here, we´re just playing by the rules which we get to know before signing in and agree to. If anyone is losing money here it´s Envato.
It costs us Non-Exclusive artists a minimum of 12% to play the game. I’ll be damned if I stand by and watch someone else play the same game and break the rules that I’m paying to follow! If I see/hear it I won’t hesitate to open a ticket here immediately as well as opening one at the other site. It’s simply not fair to the honest players and I agree with Tim that a permanent ban should be the penalty. Thank you AQ for stepping up. I admit, I don’t spend enough time listening to other authors music (as Matt will tell you ) but I have heard a few bigger selling artists here using an almost identical “re-work” of their popular AJ-exclusive tracks. Can I assume this is a violation also?
This is also something I wondered about recently, but again, nobody seems to care, nobody seems to wonder. It just happens. I would love to go exclusive here on AJ, getting finally a fair cut for my music. I then would love to take all of my tracks, change a note here and there, leave something out, add something else and then sell those on any other site.