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ThemesDepot says

This is something that has been discussed a lot of times, however it seems to me that even the envato staff doesn’t know how to deal with it, there are dozens if not even more, of themes, templates etc that are using trademarked logos in their preview, i’ve sent MULTIPLE tickets to the support center asking for clarification on why some items are allowed to use trademarked logos in their preview and why one of my themes was soft rejected because of this.

When i pointed this out to the reviewer, i got no answer. Shouldn’t rules be the same for everyone? This clearly doesn’t seem to be the same for everyone here.

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KingDog Envato team says

The simple answer is, don’t use any trademarks in your items. Some older files may have them in there, but we haven’t gone through the entire library to address that issue yet. Thanks!

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fillerspace says

clarification on why some items are allowed to use trademarked logos in their preview and why one of my themes was soft rejected because of this.

Keep in mind that the rules are more liberal for a hosted live preview (on your own domain) than they are for the preview images included in your item upload. For example, I could put a picture of Justin Bieber in the live preview of a WordPress theme hosted on my server, but including it in the item files or preview zip that I upload to Envato would get me rejected (no images of celebrities).

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ThemesDepot says

The simple answer is, don’t use any trademarks in your items. Some older files may have them in there, but we haven’t gone through the entire library to address that issue yet. Thanks!

Shouldn’t the themeforest staff start from the items that are reported as an example? I’ve reported some months ago, and still no action was taken.



clarification on why some items are allowed to use trademarked logos in their preview and why one of my themes was soft rejected because of this.
Keep in mind that the rules are more liberal for a hosted live preview (on your own domain) than they are for the preview images included in your item upload. For example, I could put a picture of Justin Bieber in the live preview of a WordPress theme hosted on my server, but including it in the item files or preview zip that I upload to Envato would get me rejected (no images of celebrities).

This wasn’t my case. None of the images were included into the final downloadable file, the images were only used on the live preview, the item was soft rejected just for the live preview.

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fillerspace says

This wasn’t my case. None of the images were included into the final downloadable file, the images were only used on the live preview, the item was soft rejected just for the live preview.

“Stand-alone real world logos can only be used in previews for logo sliders/carousels in ThemeForest and CodeCanyon and only to demonstrate how those features might work when implemented by the buyer.”

That seems to say that I could put logos in my preview, but not the download. Strange that you would not be allowed to use them in this way.

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KingDog Envato team says

If you read that closer it says “used in previews for logo sliders/carousels in ThemeForest and CodeCanyon”. It doesn’t say use them in your previews any place you like :) To be safe, as previously said, don’t use any trademarks in your items. Thanks!

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