If you’re making agreements between authors be sure to have everything done up legally including a signed contract detailing all the terms and conditions of the agreement if you can. It will really come in handy in case there are any future disputes. Thanks!
I am also one of those who vouches for contracts, but Support has replied differently to one author:
So, is the contract obligatory or not?
Some people charge more than $1000 for a PSD template rights(if the PSD is detailed and has a good amount of pages). If you have a HTML, and it’s very good, and has good number of sales, you should at least double it, in my opinion. I don’t know the exact money amounts because people don’t disclose exact amount on the forums, but I’ve read some circa amounts here and there.
For example, if you don’t know how to code a Wordpress, Joomla or Drupal theme, you can partner up with another author and let him/her convert your template to a desired CMS. People usually form a partnership, for example, they share 50/50 profits of that newly coded theme every month. Or a person who owns a HTML template sells the exclusive rights to that coder to convert it to another CMS, and then the coder takes all 100% of that profits forever (but in this case, HTML template author usually sells those rights for $1000+, depending on the complexity of the template, sales, and many other factors)
If you want that kind of partnership, you should make an agreement with your partner on how will you share your profits, or if you’re selling the rights, what is the price tag for the rights.
Then, you send an e-mail to Envato Support that you’re allowing that author to convert your HTML template and that’s it.
One more thing is, what happend if someone purchase the extanded license of my html and do the Drupal version quicker then he will?Thanks for your help!
That’s not allowed, even if someone buys an extended license, they’re not allowed to convert it to any other CMS without your permission and sell it on Themeforest. If that happens, you just send an email to Envato Support and they will take that file down immediately.
Well, if you have a signed contract to prove copyright breach, a simple DMCA to Envato Support will surely take the file down.
You can’t sell a coded version of a PSD template without PSD author’s permission, no matter if you buy Regular or Extended license. If you want to code a PSD from another author, you can do it in two ways:
1) Buy the exclusive rights from the author (The PSD author will give you an exclusive permission to code that PSD and all money that you earn from that coded version is yours, and yours only. The price tag for the exclusive rights varies from author to author, some will sell for a couple hundreds of dollars, some will ask for 1000+)
2) You and PSD author make a partnership, and agree to share profits from the coded version. For example, 70/30 means that you will get 70% of the earnings because you will also provide customer support, future updates for the file, etc, and the PSD author will receive 30%. Partnership is an less risky option than purchasing exclusive rights because you won’t lose any money if the file sales are poor.
Both of you should sign a contract with mutually agreed clauses that will ensure that both of you are protected from any violations in the future. In that way, if any of the parties breaches the contract, the other party will be able to take down the file by sending the contract to Envato Support. You can find some free legal documents which you can adapt to your needs over at Docracy.