I have a question. “Photos of famous people–not allowed”. That is clear in very general. But in particular–who famous people are? And which historical period restrictions applied to? I would like to get more clarification.
Photograph of Grigori Rasputin circa 1903-allowed or not allowed?
Photographs of Zarah Leander/Marlene Dietrich/Albert Speer circa 1930-not allowed, right? (My item had been soft rejected due to “usage of photographs of celebrities” until I replaced these photographs–hence I understand these people are the celebrities!)
Photograph of Johnny Depp 2012–allowed, right? (I see his photographs on innumerable templates currently selling on TF, hence I conclude he is not celebrity.)Please clarify.
Hi Tanya! Please see What about using photos of people and celebrities in items? I think this might help answer your question.
I am slightly concerned about the distinction between Themeforest and the other marketplaces on page 2 of the flowchart.
Surely, this would mean using any sort of trademark in titles on marketplaces other that Themeforest would be a violation – even if it is descriptive of the item’s nature and purpose.
For example, 90% of items in CodeCanyon’s WordPress plugins category come to mind as their nomenclature is “WordPress this” or “WordPress that”. Plus, any item-titles including Facebook, Twitter, Google, [...], et cetera.Then again, I may have misunderstood.
Hi ClientEngage, great catch! I’m not sure it’s as clear as it could be either. Let me raise the issue and see how we can better clarify this. Thanks for taking the time to point it out!
While I’m here, any other presently unanswered questions in this thread are currently being verified, we’ll get back to you as soon as possible, thanks for hanging in there if your question does not appear to have been answered yet. We’re not going to go live with any changes until we feel confident authors’ questions are answered and covered in our documentation, and our guidelines are clear.
So we can’t use an iPhone, MacBook etc, in the slider of the homepage (like the 99% of the themes) now?
Good question, lollum! If I’ve understood correctly and you’re referring so something like the following where there’s an identifiable, trademarked smartphone being used in an image slider of a theme…
...then no, this is not permitted. So while we’re under our soft launch period, they are allowed, but once we launch officially after we’ve heard and taken everyone’s feedback on board, this kind of use will no longer be permitted.
You can use images like a smartphone, laptop and desktop combination only to show that your theme is responsive as that’s an example of illustrating compatibility of your item.
You can also use this type of product image if it’s relevant to how a buyer might implement the theme – i.e. it’s relevant to the subject or ‘theme’ (no pun intended) of your theme! However, if the product is not relevant to the nature of your theme, then find another picture that is relevant and use your creative control/discretion in another manner that avoids potential IP/trademark issues.
By all means let me know if I misunderstood the question in any way.
What’s happen if I link a site of an existing client that uses our theme, for demo purposes and with his agreement? Am I allowed to do so ?
Hi pixelgrade! We would not recommend linking to a client version of your site for several reasons. You might not be in control of it, It could break, and it could get removed at any moment in time without you knowing (until someone points it out to you). Additionally, if you ever add new features/functionality, you would want to display those things and not rely on your client.
Furthermore, and as per the ThemeForest upload page, it states below the Demo field: “Link to a live preview on your own hosting (i.e. http://my-site.com/demo/)."
Hope this answers your question!
can pictures of celebrities be used in the preview if it has the appropriate license? (such as Attribution 3.0 unported)
As some have already attested to, no, this is not allowed. Take a look at What about using photos of people and celebrities in items? in our What assets can I use in my items? article. Keeps things really simple, consistent and as fair as possible:
I don’t get the part about Social Icons, what’s with that 20% of our own work? Can’t we use free social icons pack now?
Example:If you want to release an icon pack on GraphicRiver, there needs to be at least 20% of your own original icons (pencil, globe, envelope,...), the rest can be social (twitter, facebook,...) icons. In other words, you can’t release a pure, social only, icon pack.
Bingo! Exactly right, freshface, thanks, buddy!
So to answer the other remaining part of the original question from purethemes, yes, you are still permitted to use “free social (media) icon packs” in site templates / themes etc… Just always check the usage rights regarding use and redistribution.
The 20% rule applies to GraphicRiver when creating and selling your own social media icon sets.
Hope this clarifies.
Great questions, everyone, please keep them coming! We’d love to improve our documentation/examples if there’s anything in there that’s not clear or not covered.
Well, I have read it all but still… to be 100% sure: can I use for a item name ”...Google Maps”? (it’s factual, descriptive, so it should be allowed; or not?)
Hi greenline! You’re exactly right: A CodeCanyon item called “Responsive Styled Google Maps – Wordpress Plugin” is a great example of how a trademark can be used in an item title as it’s factual and descriptive.