I just bought a few of your items, you should have enough now. Keep up the good work
I found this on http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html – it looks like selling the work is against the GPL
You may not impose any further restrictions on the exercise of the rights granted or affirmed under this License. For example, you may not impose a license fee, royalty, or other charge for exercise of rights granted under this License, and you may not initiate litigation (including a cross-claim or counterclaim in a lawsuit) alleging that any patent claim is infringed by making, using, selling, offering for sale, or importing the Program or any portion of it.
If you modify and redistribute a GPL item, it must be free. Also you would be considered a contributor.
When I was exclusive, I had the same question when someone accidentally bought the wrong version of my item.. at the time, Envato said technically I didn’t have to, but ultimately it was up to me if I wanted to send the other version to a customer. They didn’t seem concerned since it was a fellow member who had already bought my item.
Lol @ “cheating on Envato”. Yeah, exclusivity does limit your creativity when it comes to marketing.. But I believe you may offer it on your own site as a “demo” without consiquence
Hopefully the author just took it offline to fix the issues and will put it back online eventually.. If there are a lot of issues with a script, the right thing to do would be to remove it and either fix the problems or give the buyers a refund. Unfortunately, authors have no control over issuing refunds.
It can be a good idea if you can get the right price. But to be honest, it looks better on its own site. I would turn it into a service that people can subscribe and login to. How easy did you make it for buyers to install on their own site? Thats where most people get stuck.
I’ve run into these situations. You have to submit a ticket and ask that the price be updated.. they’ll comply with your suggestion or meet you part way within like 6 days (too long I think, you lose $ during the waiting period). One time my item was half was it needed to be.. but the lower prices makes more sales, so sometimes I think it’s more worthwhile to have a lower price depending on the item. But sometimes, a lower price attracts a lower level of buyer.. one who is more likely to complain and cause a problem.
As far as people messing with the demo, I don’t run a cron script, I run a modified version of the app.. when they click certain buttons it has an alert saying “this function is not available in the demo”. It’s kind of a pain to modify the script with each version update, but it saves from people literally sabotaging my work.
As far as selling on your own site.. that’s where most of my $ comes from. I get access to the cash immediately (Envato cash takes 6 weeks to receive) and I can control (protect) my items better and monitor who buys and where they are going. It takes the anonymity away, good plus. I keep some items on CodeCanyon just for the sake of free web traffic.
Hope this helps someone.
Without getting into the subject of what constitutes an update, a timeout would be a simple solution to the abuse potential.. say if the frequency cap of featured updates is 3 months (for example), an app that is updated more frequently could only be featured once within that 3 month period (from the last update reset date).. For example, based on a 3 month frequency cap:
Jan27 – FEATURED UPDATE (date set by item’s update approval)
Feb02 – update
Feb17 – update
Feb27 – update
Mar15 – update
Mar31 – update
Apr06 – update
Apr19 – update
Apr31 – FEATURED UPDATE (item’s `last_featured_update` is reset to Apr31.. clock starts again)
May7 – update
...and so on…
You can even go as far as having the author specify items contained in the update and whether its a major or minor update.. so it is possible to do it while avoiding abuse.
This is just an example of how to control what gets featured.. another thing to decide is where to put the items and how many items appear.
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Without getting into the complexity of trying to limit abuse, “last updated” could simply be a category filter (like rating, sales, etc) when browsing items.
That’s my 2 cents.. I’ll shut up now