Hi, I mentioned this on the other discussion but would just like to clarify on this one.
I really think the solution to all this is on the purchasing page for any product. (ie a product that comes with extras designed by others who deserve recognition and money)
If I make a theme that uses three selected sliders, images and background music etc., the customer can select which slider to include, or all three. Similar extra’s for images and sounds (and even demo data) increase the price accordingly.
The author has to state which items are included when submitting to Envato, and this reflects on the payment page. Maybe a $12 slider would be $8 extra on the final price.
If the theme needs a piece of code, image or sound essential to that theme, then that is built into the calculation already for the theme price ($40 plus $5) and everytime that theme sells for $45, Envato credit both authors for their respective amounts.
This wouldn’t take too much administration, and each theme generates enough value to make it worthwhile placing optional extra’s – which could generate more money!
These ‘Extended Licenses’ are a can of worms eh! Allowing another developer to take your work and reuse and resell it multiple times can feel demoralising, especially when you continually develop and improve your work – it is essentially a different product 12 months later. Much better to sell your work each time as a one-off that can only be used for one client on one website, with a discount tier for future purchases of the same item.
Not sure if this has been suggested or considered, but with regards to offering different sliders, what about offering certain sliders with the theme at a bundle price.
When the buyer is buying your theme, on the same page they select which slider to include.
So say the theme is one price $40 (author gets the commission) and if the buyer chooses the Revolution Slider or whichever slider, the price goes up $10 or $15 dollars (credited to slider author)
Envato sort out the commissions and everyone is happy.
I should think that the author of the slider would allow you to demonstrate the slider on your theme for free, because the sales count for them too.