As you may have noticed, Envato Market has been experiencing multiple DDoS attacks causing intermittent site outages since mid last week (see original post by Scott).
Our devs have been working around the clock and right now all but the Envato Market FTP service is back up and stable. The FTP service will remain offline until further notice, however, authors will be able to continue to upload files via the web upload process.
Please know that your data is safe and that we’re working hard to get the FTP service back up asap. We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience. We’ll continue to post updates here and on our Envato Help Twitter account.
htmgarcia I know it’s been a long and bumpy road to getting you what was promised which totally sucks and I’m really sorry about that. However, I will personally be packaging up your t-shirt and getting it shipped out today. And when the new Elite Program Manager hops onboard, sorting out fulfilment will be one of their first priorities so things like this don’t happen again. Thanks for the honest feedback though and for your patience during this handover period
Hi again, there’s a lot of interesting and thought-provoking discussion going on here, which is awesome, but there are also a lot of assumptions being made, as a few of you have pointed out. I hope everyone here can understand our decision not to disclose purchase details – we are committed to a level confidentiality with buyers. However, as we’ve said before, Envato negotiates all bulk purchases and ensures guidelines are met (e.g., ensuring the buyer is a genuine third party, is the purchaser of the licenses and has purchased a copy for each end user). And while we strongly believe in supporting and upholding a fair and level playing field, we also want to accommodate our buyers’ needs which includes different factors that impact when and how purchases are made. Self-purchasing continues to be against our terms of service. The purchases of X Theme have been negotiated by Envato, and are legitimately purchased by a third party based on the specific needs and resources of that third party.
I’m going to quickly jump in to clarify a couple of license terms and FAQs that seem to be causing some confusion here.
First up, I’d like to make a distinction between re-distribution and giveaways.
The first is covered by section 8 of the Regular License:
You can’t re-distribute the Item as stock, in a tool or template, or with source files. You can’t do this with an Item either on its own or bundled with other items, and even if you modify the Item. You can’t re-distribute or make available the Item as-is or with superficial modifications. These things are not allowed even if the re-distribution is for Free.
This license term is to prevent people from buying an item and redistributing it / reselling it as-is or even slightly modified as their own item / product. For example, licensing music tracks and reselling them as a music CD, adding a feature to a theme and re-distributing that as your own item or licensing a stock photo and including it as part of your own stock template. These would be considered re-distributions and are prohibited.
The second — giveaways — is covered by a guideline that we created last year which allows external blogs and websites to purchase items for giveaways. It’s different to re-distribution because the buyer is not re-distributing the item / license as their own product, but instead giving it away as it would be purchased on Envato Market. The giveaway here is in effect a transfer of the item license, not a re-distribution of the item. It’s also worth mentioning here that we check all bulk purchases to ensure they meet our guidelines (e.g., to ensure the buyer is a genuine third party, is the purchaser of the licenses and has purchased a copy for each end user).
To make the distinction between the two clearer, we’ll be making some changes to the the “Is my license transferable?” FAQ, particularly in relation to the newer guideline for giveaways. We’ll also be adding a couple of sentences to the giveaway guideline to make it clear that the organiser of the giveaway is transferring (i.e., not re-distributing) the license to the giveaway recipient. These updates should be live in the next couple of days — I’ll post here when they’re done.
I hope this clears things up, but please let me know if you have any other questions.