I’m not blaming the reviewers at all for missing it, how could they know of everything that’s on videohive and if it’s been submitted already. BUT , after someone has been caught selling another authors work as their own, their account should be closed and they should not be allowed to sell on videohive again. They’ll probably just create a new account under a new name, but there should be some punishment for doing this besides taking the project down. That’s just my opinion. I know i’m not the first it’s happened to and definitely not the last. If you punish those who do though and make it known you’ll get banned for doing it, it may help reduce the number of times it happens.
I know the reviewers have a tough job and it’s up to the authors (true authors who create their own work and not rip off others) to watch each others backs. I do my best and I know many do as well.
Just contact the website team and they will have them removed. you have to provide them with proof that the original project is yours. I’ve had to do it dozens of times. The only way to fight it is to check that site on a regular basis. I try to inform as many videohive authors as I can that their work is being ripped off. 99% of the “video customization” services on that site are ripped off from videohive. Makes me sick.
First of all, thanks to aepanda32 for notifying me another user had uploaded one of my projects (the colors had been changed, but everything was identical and clearly the exact same project), I owe them for that and really appreciate it. I personally think this “author” (I say that in quotes because I don’t think he created any of the projects he’s selling) should be banned from videohive permanently. It is clear my project was re-uploaded for sale by him. I’m wondering if he included the video tutorial I created as well? I think there should be zero tolerance for this. This is a marketplace for creatives and those wishing to purchase creative work. This user is obviously not creative at all and is only looking to make a buck of some other persons hard work. They need to be banned, plain and simple. As far as the other site is concerned, the one with the five in the name, 99% of the “video customizations” on there are illegally being ripped off from hard working videohive members. Just today I reported 3 different users for selling my work and I also informed 6 videohive members of their work being sold illegally.
As far as videohive is concerned, there should be a zero tolerance rule for this. If this happens to me again, I’m pulling all of my work and selling it elsewhere. It’s not fair.
Thanks for the insight felt_tips, appreciated.
You’re right, over time, the project sales will eventually pay you for the time you spent creating them.
Good advice though and greatly appreciated!
I’m curious how everyone promotes their work and drives traffic to their items and what is the most successful means for doing so.
My experience has been when your item gets approved and sits on the main page for a couple days, sales tend to be pretty good (assuming you have a project people actually like), but once it’s off that main page, sales lag. The only thing I’ve found is if you rack up enough sales in those couple of days to make it to the weekly top sales page, then you’ll do alright if you can maintain those sales. Items get more exposure on the main page and then on the top sellers page. I know when I go check out videohive, I look at the main page, then the top sellers page. If your item doesn’t perform well, it tends to get lost on videohive.
I’ve got a personal site where I promote my work, as well as youtube and vimeo. I also tweet about my projects. Some of this works ok, but sales haven’t been great. I’m guessing a lot of authors are successful because of the quantity of work they put out and the exposure they get from doing so. I would produce more work, but I just haven’t had a lot of time to do so because of working full time and then working freelance. I’ve got several projects started for videohive, but just not finished yet.
I know there’s probably no magic formula for immediate, constant sales, but I was just curious what everyone does to promote their work. Any thoughts and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks to everyone!