Posts by Ibby

193 posts Test Subject at Envato Science
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Ibby Envato team says

I think Envato should partner up with one of these online services to watch out for our items. And then offer us the service for, lets say, 5 or 10 USD per month per item. There are a lot of items, a lot of money can be made out of this.

I also think that the zip files should be somehow signed. So we can know who is the buyer distributing the file, and can take his/her account down. How hard could it be to put some metadata in a zip file?

I agree with @Creattive, Envato does very little or nothing about fighting piracy. Some time ago I contacted Support, there’s this closed forum with thousands of Envato items. I paid the fee to get in (10 miserable USD), and I wanted to give the credentials to Support, they wouldn’t want them! The last message I got from you Ibrahim took 2 months. Ticket: 195730 (year 2012) Of course the closed forum is still there, up and running.

Hi SurStudio,

Thanks for your feedback and comments. I’m not sure how hard can be signing a .zip file, this is something we should probably ask to Devs and confirm if it would really help to decrease piracy of our files. Unfortunately in this industry there is no company with unbreakable high-level security, we still have to deal with these guys creating workarounds to distribute the files.

I know you guys think we do little for piracy, but the reality is that we do a huge effort to fight piracy, we can’t make public announcements about these activities because we would indirectly provide valuable information to pirates. Last year we trained up more people to send DMCA notices and investigate more details about these websites.

When you see a website is still online, please don’t think we haven’t taken action, we really try to take action for all the cases you send via support ticket but it’s not always easy for multiple reasons, one of them is that the website or hosting company doesn’t acknowledge our DMCAs.

However, we encourage you and all authors to send your own DMCAs, you also retain ownership of the items in your portfolio, you don’t need to wait for Envato to take action, you can send your own DMCAs without our permission and the effect will be the same.

Again, thanks for your feedback!

193 posts Test Subject at Envato Science
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Ibby Envato team says

it’s a shared responsibilty, neither envato alone nor individuals can do everything; if we all work together to reduce piracy with ongoing dmcas and hopefully criminal prosecutions/incarceration of pirates, that’ll help

That’s right graphic4444, if we work together on this problem we’ll sure get better results.

We appreciate your help! Thanks so much!

193 posts Test Subject at Envato Science
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Ibby Envato team says

Pirates are out there. I just wanted to share a company – DMCA Pro – that I use to take care of takedowns for me. As soon as I added them for 1 item I saw my sales increase (sad but true). As authors it is something we definitely need to be aware of and sometimes the amount of time involved with sending out DMCAs for a single product can be a hassle. <this message is from an author>

Hi Crusader12,

Thanks for letting us know about this service. I’ll add it to the guide of tools and applications we have created via the following link: http://support.envato.com/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/533/

Cheers!

193 posts Test Subject at Envato Science
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Ibby Envato team says

Thank you very much Ibrahim! All information regarding this issue is more than welcome. In fact I didn’t know about “How to remove pirated items from Google search”, so it has been very instructive. Thanks again and regards ;)

Hi PrismaDesign,

You are very welcome! We really want that people from Envato community have as much information as possible regarding this subject, if we find more valuable information or tips we’ll keep updating our guides.

By the way, I see that you are from Barcelona, we should have a local meetup someday, I live in Terrassa and usually go to Barcelona downtown on the weekends. :)

Cheers!

193 posts Test Subject at Envato Science
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Ibby Envato team says



Hi Ebrahim,
How can we remove torrents? I sent them DMCA notices but it still there.

Hey 3Ddym!

Some websites containing torrents have their own abuse contact form to report illegal content but we can’t be sure if they will take it down, these are slightly different, they create a ‘Report Abuse’ section just to look like they comply with copyright rules. If sending a DMCA to the website itself don’t work, then try finding the hosting company and issue a DMCA to that specific company.

If after the above you are still short of options, you can at least try to remove the links of those torrents from Google Web Search, so people won’t find illegal results of your work via Google search. We published a guide to do so, find it via the following link: http://support.envato.com/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/536/

I hope that helps!

Thanks for your question 3Ddym!
Thanks Ebrahim I will try this..

My pleasure! Just let me know if you have any questions, I’m happy to help!

Cheers!

193 posts Test Subject at Envato Science
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Ibby Envato team says

I would just like to know about the changes regarding to statistics of the sales, in an utopic condition where “pirates” simply do not exist.
I think it would be hypnotizing…

Please Envato, do best you can about this.
Thanks very much.

Hey Bedros!

Unfortunately I do not have access to those stats, but it would be interesting to know that :D

We are doing our best, it’s impossible to take control over all the illegal content on the Internet but we are constantly sending DMCAs and gathering as much information as possible in order to send more effective DMCAs that take down content on the first try. Now we are publishing part of that information because we believe you guys must know how to do this too and of course your help is needed and appreciated to fight these websites.

Cheers!

193 posts Test Subject at Envato Science
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Ibby Envato team says

Hi Ebrahim,
How can we remove torrents? I sent them DMCA notices but it still there.

Hey 3Ddym!

Some websites containing torrents have their own abuse contact form to report illegal content but we can’t be sure if they will take it down, these are slightly different, they create a ‘Report Abuse’ section just to look like they comply with copyright rules. If sending a DMCA to the website itself don’t work, then try finding the hosting company and issue a DMCA to that specific company.

If after the above you are still short of options, you can at least try to remove the links of those torrents from Google Web Search, so people won’t find illegal results of your work via Google search. We published a guide to do so, find it via the following link: http://support.envato.com/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/536/

I hope that helps!

Thanks for your question 3Ddym!

193 posts Test Subject at Envato Science
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Ibby Envato team says

Most websites took seriously the DMCAs I’ve sent and they removed my items. Still, people who publish such content are so active, that soon I’ll have to hire someone only to monitor the internet and send DMCA notices :)

Hey greenline!

That’s a good point indeed. Sometimes we report content that is taken down very fast but in less than 24 hours there are new links again. I believe the best solution for this would be that cyberlockers (Mega, DepositFiles, etc) have some sort of blacklist system that blocks off new links of files that have been reported in the past.

Thanks!

193 posts Test Subject at Envato Science
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Ibby Envato team says


However, you don’t always need to wait until Envato sends a DMCA, authors also retain ownership of their work, so you can always try sending your own DMCA too, that’s why we are providing these resources. Sending a DMCA is not hard at all, it’s a very straightforward process, what it’s really hard is receiving a proper response from these companies after sending an abuse report.

Thanks!

That is what I’m doing. The marketplace I’m talking about has so far removed anything I have reported, so at least they are respondingto DMCAs very well.

But then please don’t write in your article to be a help when in the end you say everyone has to look after his own files. Don’t waste our time reporting links to you via support when it is up to us anyway.

I said I don’t report anything to you anymore (when it is not my files), because I have done this in the past when I just wanted to help the marketplaces. I now contact the author in case I know him, as he is the only one who is interested in protecting his works.

It is just a waste of time, everyone will just look after his own files and ignore fellow authors contents, it’s none of their business, although one single dmca from you, envato, who has as only party involved the right to claim an infringement on works of several authors, could erase half of the content on the mentioned marketplace.

Nice article, though, this will help people get their works taken down. Just leave out the “contact support” part, it has no need or sense there.

We won’t stop helping you out, you can always contact us via support to report any content you may find. We are only providing the resources to help you out reporting individual links of your work while we try to take down websites distributing large amount of content. If there is a website that you think Envato should take care of because a DMCA sent by us would have greater effect, then we are happy to review it and of course we’ll do our best.

Looking at the positive side of things, I think these resources are a good help for those who don’t know anything about DMCAs, reporting content, etc. I believe that reporting your own content is a mandatory skill we should all have when working with digital content.

Anyway, let’s talk about that website you have mentioned before, please send a support ticket which I’ll reply by myself and we’ll check what’s the best approach for that specific case.

Cheers!

193 posts Test Subject at Envato Science
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Ibby Envato team says

What good does it do to send the DMCA, if the recipient just chooses to ignore it? So what? It’s not like I can force them in any way. Sadly it’s completely useless from my experience.

Hey amris,

Unfortunately, at this point DMCA is the most effective way to fight piracy. Some companies really care about copyright infringements and they remove illegal content extremely fast, some companies take few days or weeks to remove the content and others don’t remove anything at all. But in my opinion, still worth sending the DMCA and see what kind of results you get.

Thanks!

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