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Journal Entry: Mon Jul 9, 2012, 5:30 PM


I love weeks like this. The team is incredibly hard at work launching deviantART's Premium Content Platform, and simultaneously managing our huge sponsorship of Comic-Con 2012 in San Diego.

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^That's me in the middle there, writing this Journal.


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^ Check out the intensity of endosage, danlevhellokirtiHeidi,and Ayame-Kenoshi. Diligent, even intense. That's because they're hours away from a massive release that will reach millions of deviants worldwide. They are right to be this tense. You would be, too.

In everything we do, we aim to change the world for the better. And we aim high. This Premium Content Platform you can read about here has no limits as to what it could achieve for the arts, from my perspective. 

I haven't heard of another place where an artist makes 80% of the profit on the sale of digital content. Even in places where it might be possible, you start at between 30-50% and you have to earn your way to 70% at best. Even if there is a place that matches this move we've made here, it certainly won't be within the confines of the most highly trafficked arts platform on the web ;) (Yar, that's us!) 

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^ Heidi running the show as we work to release. 


I recently read a comment on deviantART by a member who had been around for 2 years or so that read something like, "Yeah, I hate to say it but this Points thing is a borderline scam. You can't do anything with them but buy deviantART products. It doesn't help me as a professional artist." 

It's true -- and for a CEO, sometimes the truth really hurts. By design, the Points system was launched in order to make the Premium Content Platform possible -- something that most certainly helps professional artists and was the core intent behind Points! At the time, we codenamed it "Marketplace." The idea was to strap points to download buttons and let artists sell digital files. As clever as this sounded, and as successful as this would have been for deviantART, our team refused to do this without the ability to allow artists to earn real money from transactions like this. We could have, but it wasn't aligned with our mission to Entertain, inspire, and empower the artist in all of us.

So we worked for 6 months to revamp our backend accounting systems from the ground up. For example, our Prints Earnings program paid artists quarterly, and for a real Premium Content Platform offering, payments had to be much quicker than this. We got it down to 2 weeks -- a requirement of our fraud detection systems more than anything. 

We also realized our actual accounting department couldn't handle processing payments quickly. So we hired new positions and grew the Operations team. At the same time, we worked on fraud protection systems and upgraded security all around deviantART to brace for this big change. 

By March 27th of 2012 we released a new method to receive print profits. This revamp was partly triggered by the need of a much more powerful Earnings systems for deviants, necessary for the release of the Premium Content Platform. 

And today or tomorrow we are releasing the Premium Content Platform.

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^ Here's a photo taken about 2 seconds before people thought the photo was being taken. lol 

It seems very simple. All it does is add an option to the Submission Process of deviantART (only via your Sta.sh, for now) that permits you to set a price for download of a file. It works out so that your royalty as a seller returns $0.01 (USD) for every 1 Point. (80 Points = 100 cents, you earn 80%, so a 100 Point transaction returns 100 cents ($1.00) to you, while the buyer is spending $1.25, which is equal to 100 Points.) 

In reality this was a massive effort over the past year that we believe is an incredibly important step for the online arts. 

What does this mean? What will this do to deviantART? What happens now?

We're in this together, folks. It's what we make of it. It's what we do with it. We're putting our best foot forward, and we hope our vision for Premium Content collides with your ambitions. I'm sure you have many questions, and the team is ready to answer them on hq with each Site Update.

We will move immediately to v2 upgrades for Premium Content, making it easier to facilitate common work flows that we predict Premium Content Sellers will want to follow. And we'll be adding viewing technologies and upgrades for buyers, too, so that the Premium Content buying experience is improved.

:meditate: There's a massive community signed on to deviantART. This is terrific for posting your work and getting feedback, participating in community activities, meeting people, enhancing your network as an artist, etc. Consider something that I think about often: There's an even bigger signed-out community browsing deviantART. How do you as artists take advantage of this greater mass of people to build a career right here on dA? 

We believe that the Premium Content Platform is an incredibly important piece of the puzzle.

Time will tell. One thing is for certain, our team at deviantART and I know in our hearts that this is a right step for us all. And it pleases me to no end to be here, serving you for 12 years now, to ensure that this type of innovative progress is occurring in the arts.

It's our hope that anyone in the world, armed with either the talent or vision within any artistic medium or creative endeavor, along with tools like this one that we are releasing soon, can achieve the most modest or grandest of goals. 

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Angelo Sotira
Co-Founder & CEO
deviantART


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i really need to change my signature.
it's been simmering in lame for way too long.

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Ninja image created by AndyFairhurst

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:iconderpinachan:
DerpinaChan Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
I don't mind upgrades like this for sites, it'll make you guys richer and the website better, what I do mind is that people like me who live in countries like Bangladesh cannot pay through online process, so I won't be able to access too many things now..:shrug: oh well.
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BumbleBritches57 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
And, by launching Premium Content, you mean ruining the site right? Because we can't upload zip files that contain our themes anymore, even in the theme section, contrary to what the stupid pop-up thinks.
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shoo Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
That's great. What do you have in place for content theft. ??? Still don't see where that's really been handled here before this new shiny toy. :confused:
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:icondecadia:
Decadia Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student General Artist
That sounds great! It will also help us re-buy soon-to-expire subscriptions.
But I wonder if the limit cap on uploading zip or (psd) files would be raised? I get upload errors around 80mb+ That is just because I often work in alot of layers. If I wanted someone to see those layers when they buy it to see how I made it I would like to keep it close to the original. It would be alot of bandwidth though if all of dA had it raised. xD
Anyhow, I support your ideas and good luck!
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dayylights Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist
I love how in the last picture in the window it says hamburger time xD
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FerrerTriple0 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
is there really "hamburger time" written anywhere there or did you just put that so idiots like me will go back and spend time looking for it? O.o
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dayylights Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist
No it really does xD Look at the window behind the curtain c:
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FerrerTriple0 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, now I see it, hahaha :XD:
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King-Mob Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
So, and I am not trying to be antagonistic here, but what will happen when people start selling all the ripped/copyright stuff that overflows out of every gallery? it's one thing to let it sit there and clutter it up, but once people can start making money off it with dA being the enabler...well...that could get very messy.
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FerrerTriple0 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Technically people could already do that by selling prints, couldn't they?
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King-Mob Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Also I'd like to say this is one of the better things I have seen released, particularly for the stock community. So good work on this.
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:iconsraffa:
SRaffa Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ingenious, awesome, and so crazy it just might work-- these are the days, my friends! :la::la::la:
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:icontheescared-dragon:
TheeScared-Dragon Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Long live the Over Seers of dA. Join their cause, help the world see a future for all artists.
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BL8antBand Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hey Boss! I want to buy something from this Virtual Store (Platform thing). Why are there no links to this store, or links to people selling stuff? I checked all the big names like "Lilyas" and don't see anything on her front page. I want to buy something (to test it out). No Virtual Front door, and no links to sellers in the communications. Hmm... (You guys do great work. I'm probably just missing it.)
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Bowser14456 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
When I said 'ur banned lol' I was talking about !TylorTheDumbass
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Keep up the amazing work DeviantART :heart:!
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DianaGrigore Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Yay guys! Thanks for working so hard to make this community stronger day by day! I'm heading to read the article about it right now :iconwoohooplz:
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Zaehlas Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Like a Boss.
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deviant-garde Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Am I the only person who noticed "HAMBURGER TIME!"?
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DianaGrigore Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Doubled hamburger time :D
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:iconrekalnus:
Rekalnus Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is interesting and new info and ideas to me. Thanks for explaining.

More to premium than meets the eye.
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LongHomeFox Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional
:clap:
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whitelucario1 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i like the new premium 80% of intake is better then 50%
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NinjaFoxsBuddy Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Funny, that'll the day before my birthday xD
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
That pink glass! :iconwantplz:
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Can't wait to see and read the release! :w00t:
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Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh, another question! Will it be possible to go back and edit old deviations to make it cost to download them? What if they weren't submitted through Sta.sh in the first place, since that takes you back to the regular submission page rather than stash? I think it should be possible to go to any deviation we've submitted and be able to edit it in Stash so that we can add a price to the download.
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JaxBnice Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional Artist
Super excited for the launch!
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Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student General Artist
This sounds rather interesting, though I'm a little wary of it for a few reasons. The biggest is that I fear this means an end to a lot of the awesome free stock and resources on deviantART, which would really suck.

I'm also curious as to weather or not we'll be able to pay for downloads with cash, or if it has to be with points? Personally, I'd rather pay in "cash" right off the bat rather then buy points, then buy a download.

Then I wonder how tightly the system will be controlled. Will it only be available for, say, the resources category, or for every category? Will people just be able to set every single one of their pieces to charge, say, $1.00 for a download, regardless of content?

There's also the issue of certain galleries being flooded with sub par stuff by people attempting to make money.

I'm also curious as to how the download button will appear for non-members with this system. Will it just not be there?

Also, what's to prevent downloading by right-click or other methods to avoid payment?

So many questions. XD
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Elandria Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
I really very much doubt our stock and resources providers are just going to stop sharing their free content - it does mean that the exclusive packs they currently sell (and theres a lot of them, you probably just don't notice them mixed in with free stuff) might get transferred over to DA :) You might see them offering more premium content, but its not likely to make them remove their free stuff, or stop offering free stuff :)
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BeccaJS Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012   Writer
Is this a sign that in literature we could be looking at ebooks and self publishing through dA? Or am I thinking too far-fetched?
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Zekkentak Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student General Artist
That sounds ingenious..
It's a REALLY good idea! :lol:
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mattdanna Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
The sky is the limit! :)
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:iconkatara-alchemist:
Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student General Artist
That would be awesome if we could use this system for that.
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Wakagi-chan Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student Writer
OMG! That would be awesome! :D
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SavageFrog Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
that would be a lovely idea. ^^
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ebonypen Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This really is a great next step, but I do think points should stick around as currency within the site too. they're plenty useful :shrug:
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UltimaMage578 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
I'm sorry but I really can't see doing all that well.

I mean, all artists would sell their stuff at different rates, while being of the same skill.

Then we have the fact, if it sounds like what you're doing is what you're doing, that we won't be able to see the entire piece unless we buy it. What happens if we have an entire bunch of users who decide to abuse this all at the same time?

Also, shouldn't you be more intent on catching art thieves before embarking on this project? There are enough art thieves selling work on their own. This isn't going to help that situation much, if at all.

Then there is the fact not all of us want to spend money on dA. I find that this will scare away many users.

I just see so many things wrong while all I'm getting from you is "Hey make money" what if I don't wanna make money or even care for it? My art sucks. My photographs are good, but they're not anything I'd spend money on, and the same goes for my literature. I can't really see me, or many free deviants, getting much of a use from this feature.

The only thing I would do with points is get a subscription. That's it.
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Itti Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with `Pyritie that I find the "premium content" name quite confusing. But apart from that everything sounds great!
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ebonypen Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah, I don't quite get what the connection there is either :? it seems like it should be 'premium payment' or something haha
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Itti Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well it kind of makes sense if you already know what it is, but when you hear the name and you don't know what it is, it doesn't really clue you in.
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Alisbet Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Sweet, I hope that you conduct tours at the HQ.
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The-Monoblos Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional Writer
nice table :D that's the first thing to catch my eye, but seriously I'm looking forward to see what comes of this
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PhoenixPhlox Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
I'm very excited about these new changes. :)
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