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DeviantART is proud to announce our Premium Content Platform

Providing the ability for content creators to become sellers and generate real earnings by making digital files of their high-quality work available for download. Sellers are able to set their own prices while retaining 80% of all revenue earned, and buyers are able to quickly get the things they want with the satisfaction of supporting the artists they love.

What is Premium Content?

The Premium Content Platform was built to represent high-quality content — the premier pieces in an artist's repertoire of work. We encourage the sale of everything from comics or stories for download, to high-res files like .PSDs, textures, tutorials, brush packs, and more!

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What are Points?

DeviantART Points are a virtual currency that can be used to buy virtual and real goods on deviantART. Points can be purchased using a credit card or PayPal, and one U.S. dollar is the equivalent to 80 Points. A buyer making a Premium Content Platform purchase must use Points for the transaction.

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Selling Premium Content

Premium Content Platform sellers have the opportunity to generate real earnings through sales. Sellers are able to set their own prices for downloads and a seller retains 80% of all revenue earned.

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Buyers make Premium Content Platform purchases with Points.While all payments are made in Points, earnings from work sold can be withdrawn as U.S. dollars via PayPal or check, or converted into Points.

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Buying Premium Content

Buying Premium Content is a straightforward and user-friendly process. Simply click the "Purchase" button, ensure you have enough Points available to make the transaction, enter your password, and agree to the Seller's Agreement. Your download will start immediately!

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Rating Premium Content

To assist future buyers, we encourage previous buyers to rate sellers on a five-star scale. It only takes a moment to rate a seller and feedback is critical to helping others make purchasing decisions.

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Eligibility and Agreements

Sellers enter into an agreement with the buyer on each download. When making a download available for sale, sellers can use a standard Personal Use/Personal Non-Commercial Use License Agreement or can insert their own Custom License Agreement.

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Supporting Artists, Empowering Buyers

The majority of work on deviantART will always remain free. Members and visitors will still be able to browse and download millions of deviations at no cost. The Premium Content Platform was built to represent the premier pieces in an artist's repertoire of work. Our aim with the Platform is to provide a place where artists are able to sell their work and feel empowered and dignified by receiving a deserving share of the earnings. Buyers are able to directly support the artists they love through purchases made on the Premium Content Platform.

The Premium Content Platform launch is a staged release. All members are currently enabled to buy content. However, only a small segment of deviants have been granted the privilege to sell. Over the next few weeks, more and more deviants will be given the privilege to become sellers. Those who have the ability to sell will be notified with a Hot Topic notification in their Message Center.

DeviantART is proud to announce our Premium Content Platform — sellers are able to set their own prices while retaining 80% of all revenue earned, and buyers are able to quickly get the things they want with the satisfaction of supporting the artists they love.

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Hanajiofcards Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
How would this work with written pieces?
SilverMilesCEO Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Written works usually don't get the option to be selected as Premium Content.
CarapherneIia Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
someone just purchased something of mine using the premium content, and I would like to know how to get the points from it???
spider123357 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Student Writer
I have a question? How do I get stuff out of my bookshelf so that I may read it?  
bayobayo Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Student
I do have one question though. If the premium content (that was purchased and the points in one's earnings haven't been withdrawn yet) was deleted, will the points gained from this purchase be deleted as well? :O
ImmortalMeganekko Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
Ogres are like Premium Content
kilkegard Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
We need to make it so sellers of Premium content can see the ID of those who purchase.  Let the artists know who is supporting their work!
NemesisGreatrex Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That makes sense, but what about purchasers who don't want to be identified?  There are privacy and anonymity issues involved for the purchaser which I think should take precedence over the wishes of the seller, just as in any other "online" type purchasing.
kilkegard Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
I'm curious what the privacy and anomymity issues are for the purchaser.  A purchase of Premium Content on DA is not broadcast to the entire community.  It is private between the buyer and the seller.   In almost every other marketplace on the internet buyers and sellers are not seperated like they are here (Etsy, eBay, Amazon, etc).  Where else in "online" type purchasing is the buyer completely occluded from the seller?  Also, many people use psudonyms on DA so there already is a fair amount of privacy simply because people use something other than their own name.  Letting a seller know that "IDrawUnicorns" purchased Premium Content from the sellers page doesn't appear to be a breach of privacy at all.

I've purchased some Premium Content.  I was suprised when I found out the seller did not know it was me who purchased the content.  I would guess that most people purchasing the Premium Content aren't aware that the seller cannot see who they are.  It is not an advertized (or even talked about) feature except here in this thread.
DamselStock Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Also, if your content appears elsewhere on the web for free or for sale, you'll be able to narrow down the suspects. That way you can either contact your lawyer to help you receive monetary damages as those purchases could and should have been yours, or, you could contact the deviantART Help Desk and have the admin team put some disciplinary actions in motion.
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