Sellbox Lets You Pirate— Uh, Sell — Music Straight from Your Dropbox…

Have you ever wanted to sell your music, but didn’t want to give iTunes 30% of your revenue?  And, set your own price while you’re at it?  If so, Sellbox could be the startup for you.

The service allows users to sell the digital files in their Dropbox or Google Drive accounts.  All they need to do is select a file in their accounts, name a price, add a brief description and image – and then a Sellbox link will be displayed.  The link can be shared to Facebook and Twitter, and users can easily buy and download the file(s).

Here, this video explains the process in one minute.

There is no landing page for users, as each item relies on a unique link to be shared on social media. Sellbox adds a 5% transaction fee onto each sale, which it pockets, and an additional PayPal fee applies on top of that.

And that’s how easy it is to sell your own music directly.  So what could possibly go wrong?

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For starters, Sellbox doesn’t pre-screen the files that are sold via its site, so what’s to stop users selling other people’s work and passing it off as their own?  Sure, the company says it reserves the right to pull any account it chooses, but what is the incentive to do so when Sellbox profits from every sale?

That is, unless Sellbox gets pressured by the rights holders themselves.

Given the huge resources rights holders already spend on scanning Google for links to illegally distributed content, Sellbox represents an added resource-drain that smaller independents can hardly afford.  All the sellers have to do is to change the name of the tracks slightly to make it improbable that they’ll ever get caught.

 

It also remains to be seen if Sellbox can be held legally responsible for any illegal sales initiated by its users via the platform.  But profiting from illegal activity surely puts it on shaky ground.

7 Responses

  1. jingyeow
    jingyeow

    Pirates don’t pay, so you’ve already eradicated that audience.

    But you can also be a pirate and a legal purchaser of music. You’ll pay if you think an artist is deserving of that support. Why somebody would attempt to dupe a consumer as to the product they’re commiting to purchase, doesn’t make sense to me when the alternative is simpler, easier and free.

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    • Visitor
      Visitor

      “Pirates don’t pay”

      Sure they do, they just don’t pay rightholders. And you miss the points:

      “Sellbox represents an added resource-drain that smaller independents can hardly afford”

      and:

      “All the sellers have to do is to change the name of the tracks slightly to make it improbable that they’ll ever get caught.”

      This just sounds like a slightly new variation over the MegaUpload theme. Let’s hope it’ll end the same way, and fast.

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  2. Nice linkbait.
    Nice linkbait.

    You got me irritated (as was intended, I’m sure).

    Show me one example where that is happening on Sellbox. You make this sound like it’s widespread and prevalent when there is nothing to show that is the case.

    Someone should created a PDF of this stupid article and sell it on Sellbox. No one would pay for it because there is no value to the work. Value is what someone is willing to pay.

    Thank you.

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  3. Bandit
    Bandit

    Hmmm…. a do it yourself Redigi.

    Interesting way to get around U.S. court decisions and take full advantage of the DMCA’s laughable safe harbor provisions

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  4. Jordan Owens
    Jordan Owens

    I think it’s a very neat idea, but there isn’t much oversight to keep it protected from being taken advantage of. Which means in the long run, while many could benefit from this, there will also be many who will never see deserved profits from this unless there are more provisions taken to make sure the right folks are the ones being paid. We can’t just take Sellbox’s word for it that they’re prescreening everything if there truly isn’t an incentive yet to do so (other than maybe avoiding lawsuits).

    Jordan Owens

    President/Head Manager
    Sour Mash Recording Industries LLC

    http://www.sourmashindustries.com

    @jordanowens45

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  5. kinetikindred
    kinetikindred

    SONGCAST IS A COMPANY THAT CUTS OUT THE NEED FOR AN INDEPENDANT ARTIST LIKE ‘KINETIKINDRED’ TO REQUIRE A RECORD COMPANY..(MIDDLE MAN).. RECORD COMPANIES HATE THEM FOR THIS..FOR OBVIOUS REASONS,AS THEY COLLECT 100% ROYALTIES STRAIGHT INTO THE ARTISTS BANK ACCOUNT,WITH NO QUESTIONS ASKED!.WHILST songcast.com PROMOTE ELECTRONIC MUSIC ARTIST ‘KINETIKINDRED’ WITH GLOBAL CONNECTIVITY VIA THE INTERNET TO ALL THE MAJOR ELECTRONIC MUSIC RETAILERS..ITUNES AMAZON,E-MUSIC,RHAPSODY,GOOGLE PLAY,SPOTIFY,NAPSTER, MEDIANET AND SONGCAST INDIE ARTIST RADIO REVENUE SUPPOSEDLY ACCRUES TO THE TUNE OF A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT..OF WHICH THE ARTIST IN QUESTION,HAS NOT SEEN ONE CENT OF YET,SINCE HIS DOUBLE DEBUT RELEASES OF ELEMENTALEDEN MAY 5TH 2012 AND ALIENATURE JULY 5TH 2012.THE MASTER OF THE ‘ROCKTRONIC’ DANCE/ELECRONIC GENRE..BOTH ALBUMS OF TRUE MAGNITUDE AND ENORMITY,THAT SIMPLY CANNOT BE DENIED OR IGNORED..

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