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I bought a logo design created by using pirated software


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if the buyer knows the difference between quality and garbage

You are assuming that the above type of buyer cares about the level of quality or authenticity.

You’d be surprised to know just how many buyers on the platform are fully aware of the fact that they are getting trash for $5-$10, but “it is what it is”.

But you are right in that Fiverr was built that way. To be a marketplace where everybody can get almost anything for as little as $5.

Is it going to be a logo? Barely.

Will it will awards? Nope.

Can I use it as a favicon to push my dropshipping service? Sure.

That’s all there is to it.

are getting trash for $5-$10

And that was my main reason to put a normal basic price for my logo.

The whole market is a wonderland, you never know what is behind the door. I found some amazing artists, and clearly I can see from the images they created logos themself, you can see the creativity in design, but they are in 5 pit while some L2 and TRS are providing nothing for 50 or 100$…

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The end game?

Why did you hire a seller that did not provide you with evidence?

My mistake.

Why didn’t you ask that you want your logo to be created in licensed software?

My mistake again.

The end game. I am so stupid that I would love to make this marketplace a better marketplace. No way.

I have asked for proof of legal software many sellers before. Sellers, level 0 ($5 - no surprise), level 1 ($50 - a bit surprise) , level 2 ($150 - surprise, surprise). And went even deeper. I have asked TRS ($300 - I am done).

All bad guys I chose.😦

I have asked for proof of legal software many sellers before. Sellers, level 0 ($5 - no surprise), level 1 ($50 - a bit surprise) , level 2 ($150 - surprise, surprise). And went even deeper. I have asked TRS ($300 - I am done).

I’m confused why you are so stressed about this. I have had quite a few people accuse me of using cracked software. I do not. I simply do not tell buyers what software I use, nor do I give project source files. Most buyers haven’t even heard of the software I use (on Linux) to create videos, and its not my job to give them a crash course. (Which they all want if I clarify what software I do use, etc.)

Of course, if a seller explicitly says they are using cracked software, that is a different story. However, it is still not your problem and a bit cheeky on your part to ask for proofs of software licensing, etc.

Using the same logic, you should be asking sellers for proofs of what OS they are using and further proof that it is fully licensed. :thinking:

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I’m paying monthly for 4 licenses related to the work I do on Fiverr, so I could show proof, however, I’d feel weirded out if a customer actually asked me to show them my bank account statement or whatever to prove that I have a current license for the program I used to do their job – and indeed nobody ever asked, in well over 3 years.

Of course it’s not okay to use cracked software, we all know that, but should buyers and sellers (including all those who use software legitimately) have to waste their time on asking about and proving their legal use of the software (or operating systems) they use in every new upcoming buyer-seller relationship? I don’t think so. Imagine all the wasted time if any new maybe-customer first would ask any seller they are considering to buy from to provide proof of legal software use.

Fiverr’s terms cover that violations against third party terms are also violations of Fiverrs terms, and it’s the responsibility of the seller to not violate those, but I don’t think it`s the buyers’ responsibility to ask about sellers’ licenses, or the sellers’ to provide that proof, nor that it’s a common business practice or due diligence. I bought several graphic gigs on Fiverr but I’d never have gotten the idea to ask the seller if they use a cracked software version.

What I might have asked about, and what might be due diligence, for example, is whether a distinctive font they used in one of my designs, is free to use or copyrighted, but asking sellers, including those who fork out a lot of their money for the license, to waste time on proving it to some random person who maybe uses a private version of some license they’d need the professional version for, and watches pirated movies on some website, for all they know, seems a bit much.

If many people use cracked software (even and especially if they earn money using that software) it’s sad for Adobe and all the other companies that make software that people crack, and we who do pay for licenses, might have to pay less if nobody used cracked software, of course, but I don’t feel obligated or compelled to police other people’s license compliance.

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