As a non-exclusive author I am quite often browsing other marketplaces to see what´s going on there and again and again I stumble upon composers who are exclusive authors here on AJ while selling their music somewhere else at the same time . Some of them are renaming tracks in a rough and careless way, some even don´t.
First of all I have to admit that this really p**s me off big time. I´m selling here on AJ as a non-exclusive author since more than 5 years now getting my generous 33% cut while many other guys are steadily climbing up the ladder to a decent 70% cut due to the fact that they are claiming to be exclusive, which in fact they are not. Not only are those guys cheating Envato and the customers buying here, but also all the other composers who are honest and fair and therefor getting way less money on AJ. Secondly I think that Envato has to do something about it. If they really focus on having exclusive music on their site I would assume they have to care and ensure that the music they offer exclusively cannot be found somewhere else. Now I know that this is a huge responsibility and sure a lot of work to maintain, but as a business they are owing honesty to their customers.
I know that customers do not only browse through AJ, but also keep an eye on other marketplaces and I can somehow imagine that featuring non-exclusive music as exclusive can make a very bad and highly unprofessional impression and bring damage to this marketplace on the long term. And this would have an impact on all of us, the non-exclusive authors, the exclusive authors and of course the so-called exclusive author. This fact, featuring non-exclusive material as exclusive combined with irritating low prices (which rightly has been discussed in countless other threads) and confusing licensing can´t and won´t be the future of this marketplace.
And I´m quite sure that someone from Envato will ask me to contact support whenever I find an “exclusive” AJ author on any other website, but I´m tired of pointing fingers and naming names.
I´d like to finish with a famous quote of Albert Einstein: “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”
On this note, have a great day everyone!
There are other sites out there that have no review system at all, and believe me, they are filled to the brim with unusable, ‘musical’ junk, by so called ‘professional composers’.
That´s just so mean Matt, I´ve worked hard for those tunes. That was totally uncalled for!
Hi Adrien, quick question: Is the situation still escalated as I have a track held by the review team since more than 2 days now? Just curious, seems very unusual to me. Thanks, Ralf
Big congrats Matt, you truly deserve it!
Thank you all very much, feels great to get such feedback!
Thanks a lot guys, it´s very much appreciated. And yes Tim, I vaguely remember that post, glad it made you feel that way.
Thanks a lot guys, especially Sascha for starting the thread. And it was nearly a precision landing. Just a few days after my 5th anniversary on AJ I went green. Now I´m blushing. Drinks are on me tonight! Cheers everybody, Ralf
Congrats Dmitry, you´re the man!