Tsu.co – Original Content Violations – You may or may not be paid

Tsu.co – Original Content Violations – You may or may not be paid.



After a bumpy start with Tsu.co back in November, 2014 (see original stories here and here), and receiving an apology letter from Sebastian, creator of Tsu.co, I continued to post and build my downline (family) on Tsu.co. My bank currently sits at $20.65 on account.

The question many are asking now is “Is that money which is accumulating, really mine? Will the check be written when it reaches the payout mark of $100.”

The subject is being raised because of the question of what constitutes “Original Content” I have seen numerous posts asking for clarification.

Here is the actual answer:



1. https://www.tsu.co/terms/copyright
2. Content guidelines http://www.tsu.co/faq (click on content Guidelines under FAQ).

One paragraph reads:



Intellectual Property: Tsu.co promotes and rewards original content creators. Violating copyright law by posting someone else’s content without their permission is against the tsu terms and illegal. Some of the highest quality and most engaging content is your own. Whether it’s a photo of your dog wearing sunglasses, your favorite spot in town, or your grandpa’s 80th birthday; your friends and followers are here to get to know you. If you have a camera-phone, you’re a creator! We hope you will be inspired to show us what you can do.
We take content ownership very seriously at tsu. Please be sure that you have the right to share content with respect to copyrights, trademarks and other legal rights before doing so.

It seems that the majority of us are and have been doing it wrong. We are in violation and therefore gains made in this manner are invalid. When we reach the payout mark it is more than likely we will not receive a check.

So folks, It is not like Facebook in that we can share and post things we find that are amusing, funny, informative, interesting or so on.

Given, Facebook does not pay us for the posts we make, but chances are, unless you have been creating 100% your content posted on your wall neither will Tsu.

Now that you know the rules, you can play by them.
 I, myself, either wasn’t paying attention or it wasn’t made very clear.
My wall is a mish-mash of things that are indeed original and mine as well as a collection of other items I found, identified with and wanted to share.

Is it worth the time and energy?


Only you can really decide that.
 But don’t be surprised when you reach the pay out mark and all you get is a note that reads “ Go directly to TSU Jail. Do not pass go – do not collect $100”

http://www.tsu.co/Sarah_Barendse

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UPDATE: TSU – A Personal Apology from Tsu Creator, Sebastian

After contacting tsu as well as having many good friends write in as well as post on my wall – This is the letter I received:

Hi Sarah – my name is Sebastian and I founded tsu with a sole purpose of providing royalties to users for the commercial use of their content, likeness and image. It’s incomprehensible to me to that current platforms can monetize whatever imagery and content they want without the owner commercially benefitting in any way.

We have been live for about 3 weeks and have garnered some users but I was especially struck when I received an email from a friend of mine to look into your account to ensure something is not awry. We have one million people but one unhappy user is too much for me.

After looking at your profile, I noticed that you have been communicated to incorrectly and I think this is what has led to your frustration. Firstly the gush of users in week 1 required us to set strict spam filters searching for follow-for-follow/follow-me comments and posts, share-this-to-make-money posts, etc. and we identified in an automated fashion users that fell into this category – perhaps you fell into the filter this way. Without further analysis right now I cannot tell you if some of your posts or comments triggered this. That said, the email that you received was not banishing you into eternity, but it was a warning that your account had automatically been placed into a temporary ban until we could get a response that your account was real and you understood the terms and conditions. Once we received that we would ‘unban’ you immediately to go on your merry way. However after reading the template email that was sent to you, the communication to you was woeful and it is now fixed exactly because of you. So I have to thank you but unfortunately it has come at a crescendo of your frustration. I take the blame.

Currently your account is still active and nothing is lost from your activity, including your family tree and any monetization. In fact you have been still collecting royalties for your prior efforts this entire time, so albeit it has made you mad, the construction mechanically is working in rewarding you for your work. The following at the bottom are your statistics. Your account is no longer banned and I personally apologize to you for everything and I would like to invite you to try our platform again, but I understand you probably have us on a dart board now. If you choose not to continue, please let me know and we will do anything with your account that you wish – we can leave it, remove all the content and you just collect royalties or we can delete. If you choose to remove yourself we will send you a check for your royalties. I would prefer that you come back after accepting my heartfelt apology. Our automated emails are now better thanks to you and we have updated our mobile apps to assist users’ experience – so, I think you will find it more edifying than when you tried it last. I hope this is a large learning lesson for us and you will assist us in making this better for everyone, including yourself.

Best,

Sebastian

Am I completely convinced that this is on the up and up? I’m not, I am a little gun shy. I like to think the best of people and take them at face value, but that naiveté has led me down wrong paths before….

I accept Sebastian’s apology. I will amend the blog posts to include this and I hope in the future things go smoother for the users of tsu.

Sincerely,

Sarah

My reply:

Hi Sebastian,

First of all thank you for taking the time to look into this and to write back to me. Yes, I was very upset. I am an amazing content creator and it was like a slap in the face to be banned from a site I was putting so much effort into. 

With my account appearing to be by all logical reasoning still working and me cut out of the picture you can see why I would think that tsu.co may have been set up as some kind of scam… There are so many out there these days….
I appreciate the apology. I also appreciate that you have now changed the message that comes out to people. That old one seemed very finite. It wasn’t only me who got the same impression of what was going on. 
I did go quite public with my upset………… with that said, I am also going public with your apology and correction to the issue.Sincerely,

Sarah

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