At the moment, I am really really struggling. Revision requests are eating up my time like nobody’s business and I am still struggling with buyers who order the wrong thing such as a full custom explainer video for $5, which ends up in lengthy message exchanges before for the sake of self-respect, I have to jump on that nuttier by the day resolution center merry-go-round
The problem is simple. A lot more people than usual seem to be trying to get as much as possible for as little as possible. Moreover, in mind of this, I have come across a very disturbing trend this past week, among my explainer video buyers.
In short, it starts with a person messaging me with a link to youtube, saying “I want this exact video branded to my style. How much?”
The first time this happened, I quoted $50 but said that I would not be creating the exact video as I use a different style and effects package. The buyer ordered without responding, I delivered a video explaining the same concept detailed in the original and wham bam, “wtf? this isn’t the video I sent you a link to!”
Turns out, the buyer wanted the EXACT video as is. Now, obviously, there is a huge copyright issue here. I mean, if I paint the Mona Lisa from scratch, make a carbon copy and someone tries to present it as the Mona Lisa, you can bet that Leonardo da Vinci isn’t going to be too happy.
Anyway, since then I’ve been getting similar requests almost every day. At the same time, I’ve had requests where someone sends me a video which he or she has (supposedly) had created by a different seller and they ask me to tidy it up. - Namely, because their seller has simply downloaded the original from youtube, cut off the final scene and replaced it with a still image of a new companies logo and contact details.
Obviously, I’m declining all such work. What I am really shocked by though, is the lengths people are going to to get things as cheap as possible. Some buyers seem to think that if a creative concept is simply being copied, it requires no effort by the seller (if they can actually recreate a concept identically from scratch), At the same time, how can people honestly think that they can get away with banging their logo or brand name on to a piece of someone else’s work and get away with it?
Now, I’m saying that this behavior is dangerous, as it seems to be a new trend among the so-called SEO companies who outsource all their work to Fiverr. We’re not talking about a scam being perpetrated by sellers. We’re talking about buyers asking sellers in the first place to commit copyright infringement. And yes, since I have seen a couple of these videos myself first hand, some sellers are going along with the idea just to make a quick buck.
In this case, buyers, come on. How low are you actually prepared to go when playing intellectual limbo?