Well stated, Alumo. The SI situation described above certainly isn’t encouraging for small independent authors (hey, I’m one of them). However, a handful of unhappy authors making a plea for Envato to institute upload restrictions in the interest of leveling the playing field, so to speak, will not change anything here, nor should it. This is one of the common themes I see when I visit the forums from time to time. A misguided idea that those who run AudioJungle make policy decisions based on fairness and equality for all authors.
We chose to sell here on Envato’s website, on their terms. As everyone here can plainly see, there is no shortage of authors trying to sell content, and there won’t be one in our lifetime. In terms of supply and demand, there is a never-ending supply of authors and music that will be available to Envato. That is why they are in the aggregation business. Envato thrives by selling more media, no matter where it comes from or who might be negatively affected by where it comes from.
The best course of action an author can take is to devote effort to producing extraordinary work. You’ll find an audience for it if it is exceptional. Despite the fact that there’s a ton of RF music out there, there’s room for more if it’s great, and there always will be.
I have been here for six years as both an author and a buyer (I’m a video producer that has purchased a lot of music here). In my six years, I have watched several artists go from being invisible to being featured and eventually achieving elite status on AJ. They didn’t get special treatment or even equal treatment with authors that were more prominently featured than they were when they were starting out. They had great ideas and consistently created really compelling, useful, quality music. That’s why they got noticed, built a following and became elite.
Trying to reshape the order of how things are done here in the interest of fairness to struggling authors doesn’t work. Life isn’t fair, and the royalty free music business is much less fair than life. Nobody said this was going to be easy.