Hey, My SWIFT payments just came through so thanks for sorting that out folks, have finance to pay off today so started to panic!
I think that if you’re going to show someone else’s work on your website, it wouldn’t hurt to at least drop a quick message to check to make sure the owner is ok with it. I’m only thinking of the authors who would prefer to have a choice whether they want to do any customisation, people like this guy take that decision away…
Thought I’d share this as I received an email from someone on Vimeo today who I reported recently. Basically his portfolio was full of our work so I let Videohive know and also messaged him (as I was a bit annoyed :-P). It looks like the projects have been removed now, however he dropped me a message saying he was doing us a favour by advertising the projects, having the clients then purchase them on Videohive, and he would then make money by customising the projects for said clients. I told him for starters he should only have his own work in his portfolio (a no brainer that one), and secondly he’s taking away and profiting from any freelance work should any customising be needed. Also, I asked him if he thought it might be important to ask for permission in the first place! Some people have really twisted logic….
I just had a reply from someone else on another website, I’ll copy and paste the messages below:
ME: You are stealing designers work and selling it as your own, which is frankly disgusting. The authors of the animations you have listed have been notified so I suggest you do the right thing and remove them.
THEM : It’s called buying an extended license to use the templates. Ever heard of it? You spend more to have the right to use their template. I’m providing the service of a custom animation, not selling the animation template. Most people don’t have the luxury of owning a professional edit suite with After Effects. I provide the service to those on **. Next time do your research.
THEM : You may reproduce the Work:
in a printed format or; on a website or; in an electronic document such as a PowerPoint presentation or an ebook or; as part of software you create or; in a video production or; in a music track.
You may use the Work in a work which you are creating for your own purposes or for your client who has asked you to create it.
When people purchase my gig, they become a “client who has asked you to create it.”
I’m not stealing anyone’s work. I paid for the templates. I did my part.
ME: You can’t just pick and choose the parts of the Extended license that suits you, as you seem to be forgetting:
a. Your use of the Work is limited to a single application.
(in other words, one job / one client – you do not have the right to take on multiple jobs/clients with the one project license, whether its regular or extended)
c. Unless you have our prior written consent, you must not directly or indirectly license, sub-license, sell or resell or provide for free the Work or offer to do any of these things unless the Work is incorporated into a work you have created. All of these things are referred to as Resale.
(Considering you’re not doing much more than dropping in a client logo, I highly doubt it can be called ‘incorporating into your work’)
This has probably been brought up many times but I’ve just pointed out to someone selling Videohive projects on another site that just because he’s purchased it here doesn’t mean he can do what he wishes with it, luckily he was understanding, obliged and removed the projects.
I wondered if a simple warning banner/pop up could be created when people are about to purchase a project, saying something very short and to the point (so folks don’t skim over it), stating that they can only use it on a per project basis? Would this be unrealistic to create? Perhaps if the banner had a strong branded identity it could be applied to the other sites too so people become familiarised with the license on a visual level as something more official and instantly recognisable (Difficult to coordinate I know but I’m up for the challenge!). It would be more of a deterrent and also stop people pleading ignorance….
You shouldn’t sell it, if he multiplied that figure by around 6 or 7 then you’d be closer to something more realistic (and less offensive!). It’s a good project, and if it doesn’t reach the sales you were hoping for you could always modify/update it…
Thanks for the info felt, and you’ll be surprised how many times I have to modify titles for 4:3, particularly for anything going out internationally! (its archaic I know)
Hi I just wondered how folks generally set up their projects? Has anyone found it affects sales going with 29.97fps over 25fps for example, and whether 4:3 title safe is preferred over 14:9, or does it not really have much of an impact? Do buyers still gripe about CS5 -only projects of has this slowly become more acceptable now it’s been around a while? SC
I know it’s a blip on the radar in comparison but just earned my red paw, go me!