Yes, thanks lads for pointing us to that. And you know what? I’d actually read it and somehow managed to completely forget. The downfalls of being a professional forum lurker!
I’m curious about this too. However, if Envato are indeed conforming to the t&c that Joonique has posted, then I’m assuming there must be a good reason for these reversals – rather than customers just simply changing their mind; maybe fraudulent PayPal use or something more serious like that. Hope we can get an official word on this soon!
Most of my footage is Creative Commons Attribution videos I’ve sourced from around the web. I just find something that ‘fits’ the music, edit it up, and go from there really. Makes a nice change to have a ‘music video’ of sorts, rather than a static image. After all, YouTube is mostly a visually driven site.
On the piracy issue; I agree that occasionally it may not count as a lost sale, should it happen at all, especially in the early days. But should your videos pick up in popularity (from being shared on other sites, liked, Favorited, etc) the potential reach they have becomes pretty large indeed. Just looking at the YT analytics of your videos shows this. Suddenly you’ll find people aren’t just illegitimately using the audio from your video alone, but from the other videos that have illegitimately used your audio! And sometimes I’ve found my music where they’ve chopped out the watermark completely, resulting in the most bizarre sounding track structures! It’s a snowball effect, and a very serious issue on YouTube, that seems to be rarely discussed. Which is a shame, as lots of us composers are desperately trying to earn a living from selling (licenses to) our music.
I’m not trying to scaremonger here (although it looks like I am lol!) but I think authors need to be made aware of this, before uploading their music to YouTube, et al, willy-nilly.
Dude, just to let you know, you can’t link off to other marketplaces on AJ, so I’d remove those links if I were you, before your post gets flagged!
I’ve been running my own YouTube channel since December 2012, and it’s actually been quite a successful and fun little venture so far, with now close to 700 subscribers and well over 100,000 video views.
I’ve mostly been using it to direct traffic to the various sites I sell on, but my most successful video (with just over 31,000 views) I have directed to AJ, and have picked up a good number of referrals from that, plus quite a bit of repeat business.
A few things you should note however: be prepared for ‘customer contact’. I receive numerous messages a week from people who don’t quite get the purpose of royalty-free music, simply asking how they can get hold of my music for free. Educate them by letting them know how it all works when they ask, or by dropping a little explanation in the video description. This reduces the problem I’ve found. Which leads me nicely onto the next, and probably most serious point..
Piracy. Once your music is out on YouTube, expect it to be downloaded using vid to mp3 rippers, watermarked or otherwise. I’m afraid this is the ‘elephant in the room’ when it comes to YouTube, and a complete reality. You could say the same for other media sites such as SoundCloud, but the potential traffic on YouTube is massive compared to anything else out there, especially if your videos picks up in popularity, so again make it clear within your content that this is an absolute no-go. I’ve actually lost count of the amount of videos I’ve come across using my music with the watermark still apparent. So again, prepare yourself for such eventualities!
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Could it be from similar items feature at bottom of song item pages?
I’m not too sure if it’s solely down to that, because, for me at least, this is something that has ‘suddenly’ started happening in the last week or so – and the ‘similar items’ feature has been in use for a fair few months now.
Yep, and I can report the same phenomenon happening here too. I’m guessing the Envato guys have twiddled with something or made algorithmic changes to the search, so older tracks make more of an appearance. Who knows. Either way, it’s quite a relief to find these ‘old socks’ again, as TT puts it!
Hey guys, where i can find this “Sales Reversal” section? I can´t see it in my Statement – does it mean that i´m the lucky one not seeing this?
Do you have any screenshots?
All you need to know is on this thread:http://audiojungle.net/forums/thread/update-dealing-with-reversed-purchases-/96939?page=1
Just to throw yet even more ideas into the hat, please feel free to take a peek at my collections here. I specialize in in the kind of music you mentioned, so maybe there’s something of interest. Thanks!http://audiojungle.net/collections/2417718-dance-electronica