A bit of a controversial one here, but in my opinion, this is an issue which really needs some discussion.
In short, I decided to invest this year in an Adobe After Effects subscription. At present, I’m on a three-month (paid) trial and will need to decide soon whether or not to subscribe to a full 12-month deal. Now, I’d love to do this. I have learned how to use the suite quite well and I’m confident I could create some stunning new products. The only problem? I’m probably not going to and here’s why:
In one of my video gig categories, there are several sellers selling Video Hive sourced video templates. Similarly, a lot of sellers offering youtube intros and logo reveal videos are doing the exact same thing.
Is this bad? Well, I wasn’t sure. I mean, theoretically, this would be great for me. - I too could invest in some Video Hive templates, edit and restyle them, and sell them on like hotcakes. - (I mean this stuff does seem to sell very well).
There’s only one problem. After wandering over to Video Hive, I selected several video templates which I would ideally like to resell. When, however, you look at the licensing terms, there is a bit of a snag. Many standard licenses (where you are not allowed to sell work on for a profit) start at $20. Extended licenses in the meantime, (which do allow resale) start at around double this amount.
Big problem? Not necessarily. I mean, yes, I would be looking at $40ish for the right license but add all of those potential resales together and I could well be rolling in it. The catch22, however, comes with the fact that many extended licenses can only be used once. i.e. I can use a Video Hive template and sell on a piece of work. However, for each sale, I would have to spend $40ish again (every time) for the necessary resale rights.
Now, I would actually be happy doing this. The problem comes from the fact that many of my competitors on Fiverr simply can’t possibly be playing by the rules. For example, one template which is being sold by at least 3 different sellers on Fiverr for $25 - $45, is bound by a $45 (per sale) resale license by Video Hive.
In other words, if these sellers were playing by the rules, these sellers couldn’t possibly, be making a profit. In fact, they would be making a substantial loss.
Of course, I’m not saying that this applies to every such seller. There are ways to sell edited Video Hive source material as a freelancer legally, but many Fiverr sellers simply aren’t doing this.
Given all of the above, I won’t this year, be bringing any of my own After Effects video gigs to Fiverr. I may, however, be creating and placing some elsewhere. My point, however, is that this kind of thing simply shouldn’t be happening.
I already have to invest in an annual subscription to the software I presently use to create videos on Fiverr. Ideally, I, therefore, think that Fiverr should implement a system whereby sellers of video and music/audio gigs should be required to provide proof (possibly with every sale) of their rights to be able to sell such services commercially.
Besides, if nothing else, this would put Fiverr on the radar for all the right reasons in regard to quality control, wouldn’t it?