Are my products safe from piracy?
We understand that when you have a digital product for sale, you have concerns about keeping your hard work your own. The risk of piracy is always present, but we do everything we can to help protect you and your products.
What does Sellfy do to keep your files secure?
After you've added uploaded products to your store, they are hosted on a secure cloud server.
Then, once a customer purchases your product, a unique download link is generated for them. The download link will allow them to download the product up to 5 times. This download limit is lifted for registered users that have a Sellfy account. Sellers also have the ability to restrict downloads on any orders.
All records of download attempts are kept, and you can view them in the Orders Section next to each transaction. You'll see the date, number of downloads and if necessary, you can locate the buyer's IP address. Sellfy stores all of this information for you to keep track of where your product is going.
Note: Most buyers purchase the products just for themselves and are not willing to share something they paid for themselves. We're also continuously monitoring our sellers for resold products.
Security tool available for PDF files
Feature: PDF file stamping
Sellfy offers a great security tool available only for .pdf files. PDF stamping has proven to be a successful method to help prevent piracy. It literally stamps the buyer's email address at the bottom of each page of the document. It discourages buyers from sharing your product elsewhere online because their credentials are then made available for everyone to see. Read more about it here.
Why piracy may not be as bad as it seems
For one, you get more exposure! Yes, we know it's not the most appealing point, but check out the "How Ebook Theft is the Best Thing Since Pumpkin Spice Latte" article on our blog for more info on that (applies to most digital file categories, not only ebooks).
Even if your work has been stolen for resale, you're the trustworthy source. This means that you are the author and publisher of your products, buyers will know you're distributing the real product and not a scam. Most people would rather pay more for what they know is legitimate, rather than less for a fake.