@natman I didn’t see any announcement of this thread and the one from Collis in my author dashboard. I suggest You put it there in some red blinking rectangle, so there is nearly noone, who will miss these changes as they are really important.
Good call, done! We’ll be sending out a general email early next week as well
Those invoices are not legal here in Germany. They miss the adress of both parties, as well as tax-ids.
It true that here in Germany legal invoices have to include a full address of both parties and, as far as I know, at least the sellers TAX-ID (and VAT-ID, if available).
Even further, all invoices that I, as an individual or as a company, issue need to have a “Fortlaufende Rechnungsnummer” (they need to be numbered consecutively) in order to be legal.That means I cannot use the invoices you provide in my name for my own book keeping, since the numbers don’t line up with the numbers of my “outsite-of-Envato” invoices. In fact, I would have to write an own invoice for every single item I sold by hand. But, due to the lack of full qualified addresses etc. I can’t even do that.
Thanks jdpowered and purethemes. We’ll pass this on to the EU team as well and circle back soon.
among other things one issue that is not clear to me: do the buyers get my full address and name on their invoice (those data that I provided to Envato and are saved in my envato account) or only the Username/company name?Thanks
So these documents are tax-compliant, they’ll include user information on both sides of the transaction to a limited extent. For example, buyers will receive item license purchase invoices showing their own full name and address as well as the author’s username, company name (if provided; full name if not), city, state/province and country. Similarly authors will receive a copy of the invoice with the buyer’s state/province and country shown.
Actually I have a question!
Will we be getting access to the “List Price” of a sale, or our current “Author Fee Percentage” within our statements or invoices?I cannot see any mention of it on the Authors Guide page. It’s not a value that really matters, but it’s nice to see percentages and list-prices change over history (without having to calculate it in excel). Currently the only place “List Price” is mentioned anywhere is the earnings page (Total Value of your item sales)
So, you can calculate your Author Fee rate using the values in the Author Fee and Sale price columns on your Statement page. The List Price includes the Buyer Fee paid from the buyer to Envato which is not part of the Author Fee calculation. There’s a good visual representation of how this works on our Become an Author page. Hope that helps!
We’ve just made two important announcements on the Market Blog about:
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These threads will remain open for this week and we’ll be touching base once a day to collect any new questions and answer those that came in during the previous day. On days that we’re not able to do this, we’ll be in touch to let you know.
Thanks for your cooperation!
First of all, thank you for doing this!
Second, I have a question, suppose i decided to give away my or someone else’s item after buying a few licenses, now the person who gets it, will he be entitled to the support and other stuff?
I mean how will i be able to transfer him all the abilities he will be able to perform? Like how will i transfer the purchase to his account or do i only give the file to to him once and that’s it? Or maybe i have to give him the purchase code too?
Please explain e bit further so its clear :/It would be nice if there was an option to redeem purchases via code or buy as a “gift” and such so that it gets transferred to his account.
IngeniousArtist, sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you on this! It’s quite complicated but here goes
In theory, the situation is the same as if the person giving away the files is a freelancer buying a license and transferring that license to their client. So, in a nutshell, the person running the giveaway would transfer the license and then no longer be permitted to use the item in any way.
In practice, though, our system does not cater for transfers of files via accounts, so any item updates etc will go directly to the person who has an Envato Account and originally purchased the item. Having said that, the person who gets the items will be entitled to support and should also be given the license / purchase code.
Giveaway organisers could get around these technical limitations by using a disclaimer that the item is provided “as-is” or providing instructions for winners to license the items themselves (e.g., reimbursing winners for the purchase).
What about using Google Adsense ads in the items preview personal web pages? I have seen so many lately. Are they allowed?
This recently came up in another forum and our current stance is that displaying ads on a demo site is okay as long as it is showcasing part of the item’s features and functionality, e.g., ad space. Hope this helps!
I’m going to unsticky this post now, but please feel free to add any new questions that come up and I’ll do my best to get back to you asap. Thanks!
Great, this should be a sticky
@digitalscience & IngeniousArtist, I need to check in with a few people here before getting back to you on your questions, but you can expect to hear from me by the end of the week.
Thanks to everyone else for the feedback!
A few months ago we announced new item promotion guidelines. We were aiming to clarify the existing guidelines and made good progress with one of the biggest wins being a new policy around external blogs or websites purchasing items for their own giveaways. Since then we’ve had a number of follow up questions from the community and saw a few specific scenarios that weren’t covered as well as we’d like, so we went back to the drawing board.
We’re now ready to share the revised guidelines, which hopefully cover all of the questions that came up while keeping things simple. We’ve also tried to strike the right balance between giving authors the freedom to come up with clever and creative ways to market their items and ensuring Envato Market remains a fair and level playing field for our entire community.
Check them out here and let me know if you have any questions!