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KarmaThemes says

So many people these days try to circumvent the themeforest purchase verification methods and steal support …

GPL and “free internet” is one thing.

Cheating about having purchased themes and then contacting authors for theme support is just criminal.

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mountainthemes says

+1

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purethemes says

Actually it happend for me maybe 5 times during last two years, so maybe they are so good at it, or maybe I’m not carefull enough ;)

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Diabolique says

They usually ask

I would buy your theme if you tell me how to …
I have noticed another trend, people buy theme only if they need support: http://imm.io/pgVV

Anyway, in my country if some game, movie or software is available on some sharing site then lawyers ask sharing site for IP logs and they send a bill (about 1000 euro) to each person who downloaded pirated good. If you won’t pay then you will be issued.

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crozer says

So many people these days try to circumvent the themeforest purchase verification methods and steal support …

GPL and “free internet” is one thing.

Cheating about having purchased themes and then contacting authors for theme support is just criminal.

How exactly? I mean I always ask users to confirm their purchase by sending me an email via my profile page’s form.

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BuchmannDesign says

I thought sending an email from my profile is a guaranteed way to get verification. Well, even if it’s not 100%, i’m sure it’s good enough in general.

That said, I personally don’t really care if someone gets a theme from me for free… it’s gonna happen no matter what, and there’s nothing I can do about it. Just as long as not even 1 second of my time is taken up with support.

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bloooming says

Don’t worry, there is another trend going on: Building botnets by utilizing [irony] very professional, competent and obviously very successful [/irony] web-designers, aka ‘honey-potted’ WordPress themes.

Some people need to get hacked, banned by their hosting provider and fired from their web-design projects, in order to realize that sharing sites do not exist for the sake of charity. In the end the question remains, was it worth those lousy 35 dollars?

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