how do you deal / handle black copies? A user sent me a link to a site which provides content of my work as black downloads. I know, there is illegal stuff and black copies out there, and I started a kind of living with it. But still, if I see it, it makes me upset.
Did YOU find your own content as black-copy downloads? How did you react? What to do?
I know, contacting the owners of the site is a wast of time. Also, there are some stupid countries in the world which allows webhoster to provide illegal stuff.
On the other site, I just would like to thank all the users and clients wich has purchased official license form my products. By purchasing a license of a sfx product (not only sfx, actually it is anything!), you’re not only receiving (hopefully) a great and useful product, you support and encourage the publisher of the product to continue working on new stuff. Creating new stuff needs $$. Not only for recording, it’s for simple things like coffee, the rent for a space, the food for the cat…
I’ve seen our stuff out there on various sites. I’ve actually tried to go through to process of downloading them to verify if they were the actual files or not. Was never successful getting to a DL link – the whole thing was just a meager little scam. So I don’t worry about what I’ve found out there to date.
DCMA is your friend. Send DCMA take down notice to the website & all of the file hosting sites. And the sooner the better – most respond within 24 hours. I had one case where the site ignored my DCMA so I went to their ISP, who then contacted the site owners with threat of taking their site down, since if they ignore the DCMA notice then they lose all rights of safe harbour, and open themselves to prosecution.
I found an entire music album that I wrote for a game up for download on a Russian website. Instead of wasting precious energy trying to find the culprit I decided to ignore it and move on. I’d rather spend that time creating valuable content that users are happy to pay for.
Fighting piracy is a lost battle in my opinion. Just look at music/film/games and how widespread this phenomenon is. Also don’t fall into the trap of thinking 1 pirated copy=1 lost sale. Someone who is ready to download pirated content will very likely never pay for it.
Thanks for responding.
Just wanted to start a DCMA takedown. Thanks to Tim, I didn’t know about this. While checking the link again, I have seen it is removed, indeed! I wrote an angry e-mail yesterday night and – the link is gone. However, I don’t know if it’s a coincidence. I cannot really imagine it’s because of my email but who knows.
However, @Tim : I’d be interested to hear more about your story. Did you fill out the Takedown Form https://www.dmca.com/signup/default.aspx?r=sol08a2 and payed the $199 for the request? What happend then??
I just checked the site for some other stuff. I have not found from you Tim any content by a quick search, but I have found content from Tonsturm, just sent Tilman a mail.
If you want the check by yourself, my stuff was on this site: (sorry, I removed the link to the site….)
@Georgevlad : I agree with you. But if I see it, it makes me angry. But the takedown from the url now, makes me a bit more confident that it’s not that vainly.