Musical-Splash saidLooking at your titles which are mainly Uplifting/Business/Corporate/Successful it just goes to show AJ favor this type of key wording.
101 sale at the moment in this month. This is the second month on AJ for me
That’s debatable. I’ve tried it myself, with limited results.
His music on the other hand is very usable indeed, and definitely has that ‘AJ sound’ about it (wavesfactory delayed harmonics, piano, strings, etc) and structuring that customers seem to thrive on here. So that combined with obvious keywording will naturally bring in the sales.
EDIT: Basically, exactly what Ryan just said!
Wow, I’ve been here all this time and had no idea people were doing this on AJ.
Is there any official notification about this? And are these checked by the review team? Cannot find anything on this and my only concern is that users could write any old stuff in these txt/pdf files.
Two days – no sales. This is something new for me…
Yep, very quiet here too in the last day or so. Just a couple of referrals from my YouTube channel, but that’s about it. Easter break/holidays are almost certainly the cause however, as exactly the same thing happened around this time in the past couple of years.
I presume you wouldnt just play all the previews. I assume that you have permission from Envato to fingerprint all their tracks?
Whilst we’re on the subject, Skyline touches on a point here that’s been in the back of my mind for quite some time, with respect to Soundizer’s system.
Now, not to question your setup too much here Soundizer, and it’s great to see your system working wonders in tracking down corresponding VideoHive projects to our music. For that we’re extremely thankful. But I’m curious to what is actually happening to our preview files off AJ (or any other site for that matter)?
Are you actually physically storing these preview files on your own servers, or just storing some sort of reference fingerprint data of these? If it’s the former, I’m just a little concerned about our music being physically ‘hosted’ on servers somewhere, and on a mass scale. If so, I don’t seem to recall any legally binding agreement for this. (in the same way we agreed with AJ’s, etc, terms to allow the hosting of our files on their servers, during sign-up).
Not to put ideas in anyone’s head, but what concerns me here is having access to very large volumes of music files (watermarked or otherwise) and potentially being re-uploaded in a misguided way, such as to other monetized fingerprinting platforms.
Please note, that I’m not at all suggesting these are your intentions. But issues like this have happened in the past, where collated music has been submitted to these programs via another platform without the creator’s consent, causing all sorts of problems, especially with YouTube.
So please forgive me for raising a largely off-topic question here , but I do think it’s important for us to know some of these minor details.
One simple way this issue could be greatly minimized, would be to implement clearly visible notifications at some point during the upload process, to serve as a reminder to authors that any tracks uploaded to the Envato marketplaces in an exclusive capacity MUST remain as that, and NOT sold or licensed via other marketplaces.
I think one of the key problems here is that some authors (especially new authors) may miss the point of how exclusivity and non-exclusivity works, or are oblivious to the consequences of going against the rules, thinking they will just ‘blend in’ and that nobody will notice.
To me, drilling it home from the outset seems like a good start.
I always assumed it was down to accounts that have either been deleted or disabled, for whatever reason. I’ve had days when I notice my follower count drops by up to 5 in one day, for no apparent reason.
What really gets on my goat however, is when I see my follower count drop then suddenly rise in a matter of minutes, only to realise it’s authors doing that follow-unfollow-follow routine, in some kind of half arsed attempt at getting more exposure, and vampiring off the back of someone else’s success.
For that reason alone, I think the whole ‘follower’ feature needs to be reassessed.
On reading your thoughts here Ralf, I can only fully agree and relate to how you’re feeling about this. In fact, we don’t have to look very far in this very community to see authors that are engaging in this and shamelessly contravening Envato’s terms, with respect to exclusivity.
You’ve obviously been in this business much longer than I or most other marketplace non-exclusives have, and only recently my own attention has been brought to this particular ‘dark side’ activity of music licensing.
What concerns me most however is that we non-exclusives (sometimes I get the feeling we’re a sort of rogue sub-community which shouldn’t really be participating in Envato forum discussions), have to be responsible for the policing and reporting of this. It puts us in a very tight and difficult situation indeed, which of course is not our job.
AJ isn’t the only marketplace where this is happening however. I’ve seen it on others too, and it’s beginning to look like a real problem. As you suggested, not only does it highlight an author’s integrity, but also completely demotivates fellow authors who are playing by the rules, especially when they’re clearly being put at a disadvantage by this.
Libraries need to be aware however, that there are ways to deal with this phenomenon, other than depending solely on cases being manually reported. A number of libraries are now adopting fingerprinting and AudioID technologies as a way to monitor music held on their systems. This is something which Envato could certainly use to their advantage, and curb this problem before it gets totally out of control.
AlumoAudio saidThat´s just so mean Matt, I´ve worked hard for those tunes. That was totally uncalled for!
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’.
Well, you know, someone had to say it!