I’ll cut straight to the chase. Fiverr sucks at copyright fraud prevention. Moreover, this is why no one in their right mind should ever buy a logo, video, illustration, or any other form of visually specific media from Fiverr.
(Big sorry to legitimate sellers).
As for how I have reached this assumption… Well, earlier this year, I decided to assassinate my biggest competitors in some niches.
It was driving me crazy. I make my own videos, sell them for what I feel is the most reasonable price possible, and then someone comes along and starts illegally selling Envato Studio video templates which would cost them $150+ to use legitimately, and starts undercutting me on price. (Whilst apparently offering a better quality product).
So, what I did was simple. I found several sellers in my niche who were doing the above. I then found the exact Video Hive and Envato Studio template videos which they were ripping off… And then I found and contacted the actual copyright owners of this material and said, “hey, do you know about this?”
Withing 24-hours, not only had the sellers whom I had found had their gigs removed from the Fiverr search. Instead, to top that, I ended up being on the first page of search results in my niche alongside just 12 other sellers.
There is just one problem. Namely, everyone is now back using the EXACT SAME ripped off video templates and once again, I’m back to square one.
Anyway, yesterday, I finally took a look at this Pro gig business. I have a bit of an idea for a pro gig myself you see. The only problem? The first Pro gig which I found in the area which I was thinking about getting into was riddled with copyright red flags. In fact, I could have sat a hamster down, given it a 5-minute talk about the basics of copyright fraud, and I’m pretty sure that it could have done a better job at hand picking and vetting who should and should not be allowed to advertise pro gigs priced at $1,000’s in the first place.
Basically, Fiverr doesn’t care about copyright fraud.
What this means, however, is very significant. As a seller you see, why in this case, should you waste time and effort trying to provide a legitimate service at the best price when you can cheat your way to the top in no time? - Really do it. It doesn’t make sense if you don’t.
The only problem is that while you can cash in on this kind of behavior (and would probably be wise to while you can) it’s not sustainable for Fiverr in the long-term. Real sellers are going to get disillusioned, leave, and buyers who find out that they have just paid $1,000’s for a pile of eye-catching garbage are probably going to make sure that the proverbial poo hits the fan as far as publicity goes.
In this case, pull your bloody finger out Fiverr.