Last week I sold one of my track called Halloween. I logged on on the website to check the “statement” section and the new trending item.
I see this file who is also halloween related and who is trending and listen to it (removed – calling out items on the forums is not allowed)
After the intro, I’m just [removed by mod] angry. This guy sample the first 15 seconds of my track Halloween and has built a new one around it.
Let me repeat this : He SAMPLED my track. Not just the chord progression, the orchestration, instrumentation etc. He SAMPLED the first 15 seconds of my track, put it in a sequencer and built a new track around.
The thing is : all of my tracks have the audiojungle watermark so in order to sample it, the track must be bought !!!
Here is my track https://audiojungle.net/item/halloween/9080097
First thing I’ve done was to contact the Envato team. Not the guy in question, not posting on the forum. I figures that they would handle this with all the care in the world.
After a week, (and a new ticket opened) I receive this :
Thank you for your patience.
Our quality team has examined the item and found that the similarities do not, in our opinion, amount to plagiarism.
Please refer to the following article for a better understanding of what we do and do not allow on AudioJungle as far as imitations are concerned:
Is that a joke ??? You can clearly hear that my tune was SAMPLED !
In the link provided in the mail, there is these lines :
Don’t imitate, replicate or copy all or part of a copyrighted composition or recording.
Don’t start with someone else’s copyrighted audio recording, then try to change it or modify its elements to create your own track. (There is no magic formula allowing you to ‘change something enough’ in order to avoid breaching copyright.)
So there you have it, steal or sample all you want, you won’t get any trouble here. Is it how it works on Envato now ?