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designmonstr says

This morning when I woke up I received an email from PiracyGuard.net and this is what it said:

Greetings, I am a Consultant working for PiracyGuard.net, a firm that assists digital product owners to fight piracy. It has come to our knowledge that there are pirated links of your theme ‘enFORCE’. So far, your theme has been downloaded 44 times illegally. The price of your theme is $15, which translates to $660 in lost sales that cannot be recovered.

We can help you to remove these links so your sales can go up again. Remember, you are losing potential revenue as long as these pirated links are active. If you would like to see a sample of these pirated links or would like additional information, please reply and I will be happy to coordinate with you. Cheers!

Have anyone else been in a similar situation. Is these guys real. I thought ThemeForest had there own sort of police doing this job. Should I contact them?

Any guidance will be appreciated as I am really concerned about losing sales :(

Thanks

DesignMonstr

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Jaynesh says

I’m not concerned about people that pirate my themes for free and you shouldn’t be either. It’s impossible to get rid of piracy.

The people that want to actually buy your theme would come here anyway, plus they would get bonuses such as support and updates.

The people that want it for free, are going to download it for free. You can’t stop them.

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urbanray says

First, themeforest will do nothing against piracy, so don’t expect anything. Also, those guys who sent you this email are just trying to make money from you. Once your file is uploaded on such sites, its almost impossible to get it removed, so in that case you will lose your money also.

And finally number of times your file is downloaded illegally does not mean lost of your sales. Most of the people just downloaded it cos it was available to download, if they would have to pay, they won’t.

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nackle2k10 says

Kill all the piracy links. http://killer.freshface.cz/

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wiseguys says

If someone can’t download your item for free, they will download another one for free, they want something for free more than they want your template. I don’t think removing pirated links would translate to more sales.

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starshade says

I also received a similar email today. Piracy will never go away, even if you throw thousand of bucks to the so called companies that are sending these emails.

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designmonstr says

I’m not concerned about people that pirate my themes for free and you shouldn’t be either. It’s impossible to get rid of piracy.

The people that want to actually buy your theme would come here anyway, plus they would get bonuses such as support and updates.

The people that want it for free, are going to download it for free. You can’t stop them.

Thanks for your response.

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designmonstr says

First, themeforest will do nothing against piracy, so don’t expect anything. Also, those guys who sent you this email are just trying to make money from you. Once your file is uploaded on such sites, its almost impossible to get it removed, so in that case you will lose your money also. And finally number of times your file is downloaded illegally does not mean lost of your sales. Most of the people just downloaded it cos it was available to download, if they would have to pay, they won’t.

Ok it makes sense. THanks

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designmonstr says

Kill all the piracy links. http://killer.freshface.cz/

Thanks for the link

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designmonstr says

If someone can’t download your item for free, they will download another one for free, they want something for free more than they want your template. I don’t think removing pirated links would translate to more sales.

Ha ha thats a good one :)

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