I wholeheartedly agree with you on this.
Obviously, I could go the way of reporting the matter to the police.
I accidentally used a photo I didn’t have the rights for in a news article once, and I think the copyright owner handled the matter perfectly.
He contacted me with an invoice for the usage license, along with a 100% fee for the illegal usage. I gladly paid the invoice, both out of respect for the owner, and because I should have double checked the rights to the photo before using it.
But when it comes to gig descriptions and video scripts, I’m not sure how I could do this. I can’t just send the seller an invoice, because Fiverr protects our identities.
Since I don’t have a “set rate” for stolen gig descriptions () I can’t provide the thief with a price anyway.
Now, if this was to become a police matter, they could probably subpoena the information from Fiverr, but I know with 99% certainty that the police would dismiss the case anyway.
So I was left with what the CS team could do. Now, in my opinion, if you have knowingly stolen another sellers content, you should be banned from Fiverr. Apparently that’s not the way Fiverr deals with internal theft on the platform, so with all things considered, I’m happy with the outcome.
If it were up to me, the thief would be banned and required to pay me for my content at double my regular rate, and pay a fine for his criminal actions. But that’s just a pipe-dream.
What many people don’t seem to realize is that stealing content is still stealing. I have used other people’s content as inspiration before, and the way I do it is to always make sure the content is only inspired by the source, not copied from them. There’s a huge difference!
When you, word for word, just copy and past a bullet-point list and sentences, along with using the almost exact same wording in your script, this isn’t an accident. It’s theft.