There is really nothing that can be done about the theft of a digital item short of DRM…and can you imagine running DRM on something like a banner pack or textures? Nope, not happening. There is really no way to protect your items from thieves short of carefully monitoring any purchases from questionable sources and flagging them before a download is made. Not easy. It’s just a risk of doing business digitally.
Thanks Eugene-design, joiaco, blerc, and omar_almudaries! Much appreciated =)
Many thanks for all the replies everyone! I’ll do my best to contribute some useful stuff =)
oohh…cookies! I’m all about that. Well actually I’m a triscuit guy, addictive little things.
But thanks much everyone! =)
It takes multiple days for them to review the files and make sure that they are up to standards.
Thanks FlyerCapsule, mrcharlesbrown, cata05, kevinhamil, and unlockedart!
Honestly when it comes to piracy I think the best thing you can do is educate the end consumer.
For independent designers every sale counts, and means a lot to the person who created the item. If you let people know this through interaction / thank you’s, it can definitely help prevent people from tossing files up on pirate file sharing services.
That being said, you cannot stop it, there is simply no way to. People will steal things on the internet, but if people are going through that trouble, it means you likely have a cool file on your hands. Consider it a very strange compliment. As others have said you can send a cease and desist, but they’re not terribly effective.