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WPExplorer says

I’m not sure if this has been discussed yet, forgive me if it has…

Once the GPL licensing ability is in place, what happens when an author makes an item GPL and they are an “exclusive” author?

If the item is GPL then it can be sold elsewhere, but according to the ThemeForest “exclusivity” terms it may not.

Does this mean an exclusive author can’t sell their GPL theme elsewhere but another user/person could do so if they get their hands on it?

Just wondering how this situation will be handled.

Anyone know? Anyone else curious?

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jonathan01 says

That Sir is a great question and one that legally needs answering by Envato.

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wiseguys says

Love the question :D

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Dzinc Staff says

Hi guys, I’ll make sure to forward the question to the appropriate staff for clarification. Thanks!

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Vasterad says

Who needs GPL on Envato by the way?

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pixelentity says

Actually raised the very same question in the mega thread about TF / WordCamp but didn’t get an official answer there. Imho, there’s no way for envato to enforce exclusivity for 100% GPL items.

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VF says

Does this mean an exclusive author can’t sell their GPL theme elsewhere but another user/person could do so if they get their hands on it?

This can’t be solved without limiting 100% GPL as option for only non-exclusive authors. Any other alternative may require complex patch works on rules. Curious to see how this will be managed.

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Parallelus says

There shouldn’t be a 100% GPL option on TF at all. It’s a marketplace, not a theme shop. If they were making their own themes and selling them, sure they can do the GPL thing, but for a marketplace it doesn’t make any sense. We might as well just start giving the theme away for free and using TF as a way to purchase support credits because that’s all the purchase will provide.

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SmoothThemes says

There shouldn’t be a 100% GPL option on TF at all. It’s a marketplace, not a theme shop. If they were making their own themes and selling them, sure they can do the GPL thing, but for a marketplace it doesn’t make any sense. We might as well just start giving the theme away for free and using TF as a way to purchase support credits because that’s all the purchase will provide.
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pezflash says

We might as well just start giving the theme away for free and using TF as a way to purchase support credits because that’s all the purchase will provide.

Market goes in that direction, and also some Envato moves like Graphiclander. Somehow makes sense, but i feel soooooo tired just thinking about it.

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