I launched my course a week ago, got one sale, and a couple of days later, already found my course content stolen and uploaded to a pirate site. It's behind a "premium" paywall so has to pay a monthly access to get to download the file (along with the usual viruses).
I can see exactly how it happened. There was a "student" who obviously created an account has they used the new learner coupon code, bought both my courses, on the 12th Nov and shortly refunded them. On the 13th both courses appeared on the page 1 on google on the pirate site.
Having just started and made one sale for a grand total of $2, it's a bit disappointed how easily content can get stolen and someone else benefits, not the creator and all my hard work. It's a 12 hour course so maybe that's why it got stolen?
My feeling as the course appeared on the "new" course feed which is being prowled by pirates. Therefore I am thinking a strategy to deal with this scenario in future, is to upload only 20-25% of my intended course content and then make the course live. After the pirates have had their fill when the course is new, a few weeks later, upload the remaining 75% content. In this way, the pirated course could only contain a minimum number of content rather than the full content, and the pirates have moved on.
The other strategy is to embed electronic signature in each video via stenography, though not sure it's worth it.
I guess I could take a compliment that the pirates thought the course was valuable enough to bother stealing.. if the course was shorter, maybe they wouldn't bother (hence strategy above to go live with minimal "poor" content).
Any ideas how to deal with this piracy threat as it's almost killed my hopes for success in just a week on being on Udemy.
@TimMacLachlan This is a problem of any online platform. Making live the course without 100% may have some impact in genius students. It seen my course are getting uploaded in YouTube 😂. For myself I can’t stop such this, take it part of risk in the online world and move on.
Isn't online <anything> wonderful?
Having been on Udemy close to 5 years, it is just something you accept, it happens.
95% of pirates would never be your students on Udemy, it will have very little impact on your earnings here.
Pirates come back, making a limited content seems like a bad idea for the actual students.
If Hollywood with billions in earnings could not make a dent in piracy, then who are you and I?
/shrug, move on, focus on the things you can control (make better courses).
It's a pity to hear something like that, but you don't have to make it too easy for such pirates. I, therefore, do not make the lessons in my courses available for download. If something can be downloaded, it is mostly PDF files that summarize or instruct the respective topic. Of course not a substitute for the video lesson but a good help for students who want to apply knowledge even if there is no internet connection.
Thanks for your reply - strange this is I haven't made any of my videos downloadable! I made sure of that, so I think they used some sort of screen grabbing software. The other thing I don't understand is how they managed to get a refund. It's my understanding is that after watching a certain % of the course, then it's not possible to get a refund.. ie if a student watches 100% within 30 days can get still ask for a refund?
ANYTHING can be downloaded with simple scripts, since it takes some skill most people can't, you making your videos downloadable or not has no impact on that.
For the refund that should be true, I don't know what the percentage watched for no refund, but it is supposedly there.
So no, they should not be able to.
@TimMacLachlanwe are similar to the movie business... Piracy will happen... We can either continue to create new courses and make more money.. or focus on getting our courses off the piracy websites... I prefer the first option better 🙂