LanceSnider saidI think you’re partly missing the point. The author would necessarily grant the permissions included in the standard license, but would be able to grant additional permissions. After all, that’s exactly what is now required for including CodeCanyon components in themes. It could just be stated up front rather than requiring each potential customer to ask for permission first.
In short you’re asking if you can add special clauses or amendments to specific items for the buyer. There’s actually an FAQ for that. No because that would make things way too confusing for the buyers. Imagine wanting to buy a theme and having to worry about different legal terms for every item. How would we handle it when an author had unreasonable terms? It’s just not something that makes sense for buyers or sellers.
Of course, a proper developer license would solve all this confusion.
I have no idea why the idea or concept of a developers license is so complex to grasp.
A developers license is precisely what seems to be needed here, but Envato have removed the license terms that were serving that purpose without creating a new license to take their place – and without any notice. It’s no wonder people are confused and upset.
And as a final question….
What if I offer a free hosted service? Because that is what I actually do at the moment. And I mean totally free – no ads, no donations, everything comes out of my own pocket.
I’d like the option to take it commercial at some point, but right now it’s all free at every level. What license (if any) supports that use case? (The free part, not the hypothetical future commercial part.)
And, I thought I was confused before. I just re-read the license summary page.
If I buy a standard license, and give my web application away, that’s okay?
If I give the application away, and offer hosting as a paid service, is that okay or not, and why?
The terms regarding using ThemeForest and CodeCanyon items for web applications are unclear at best.
If I develop a web application and want to sell it, can I use ThemeForest and CodeCanyon items – with an extended license – in my product?
If I develop a web application and want to provide it as a hosted service, can I use ThemeForest and CodeCanyon items – with an extended license – in my product?
If I develop a web application and sell it, and offer hosting as a paid option, can I do that?
And if I can do one of these but not others, what’s the rationale for that?
And if I can’t, the whole marketplace becomes worthless to me. I’m really not happy about this notion of forbidding entire classes of application overnight.