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Osetin says

Of course. You can’t sell it this week here, next week somewhere else and the next one on ThemeForest as well. Once you break the exclusivity of that item, you can’t sell it here anymore.

I don’t understand how is that a problem? Exclusive means selling at a single directory at a time. There is no such thing as breaking an exclusivity. According to your logic – if I had an awesome theme in another directory – and then remove it from there and post it to themeforest – does it mean that its not exclusive to themeforest anymore? No. It is exclusive to themeforest because it’s being selling only at Themeforest at this exact moment.

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Osetin says


Just want to let you know that I’ve submitted a soft-reject request for my template, but they requested a valid reason, my reason is that I wanted to sell that theme somewhere else and dont want it to be listed on Themeforest for now, so they replied to me saying that it is not a valid reason and the only way I can remove my theme is to delete it completely, but once I do that – it can’t be reactivated.
Did the reviewer also said that its a funny reason, because it actually is. :bigevilgrin:

What is funny about it? I want to earn money and want to try out other directories – I did not sell my soul to themeforest, I want to try selling one of my templates on another website and see if there is a difference…It’s a free country after all, is not it? :)

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KrownThemes says

What is funny about it? I want to earn money and want to try out other directories – I did not sell my soul to themeforest, I want to try selling one of my templates on another website and see if there is a difference…It’s a free country after all, is not it? :)

When you opted for exclusivity you “sold your soul” :D

Of course, i’m just kidding, it’s not like that, but you did agree with the exclusivity terms which obligates you to sell your item only on the Envato marketplaces and nowhere else. If you delete the item from the marketplaces you are not allowed to submit it again. You also agreed for this.

So it’s a free country, yes, but you limited this freedom yourself when you agreed with some terms which you might want to read better in the future :)

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FinalDestiny says

Exclusivity means you will sell the item only on ThemeForest. When you put it somewhere else, you break the exclusivity rule and can’t sell it on ThemeForest anymore

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jremick Envato team says

Hi Ostein,

Apologies for the confusion. I’m ensuring the staff are aware of this right now and have set your item to a soft-disabled state.

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Osetin says

Hi Ostein, Apologies for the confusion. I’m ensuring the staff are aware of this right now and have set your item to a soft-disabled state.

Thank you very much for quick response and taking care of it jremick ;) I am happy that my theme is soft-rejected (did I just say that? :) )

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VF says

Hi Ostein, Apologies for the confusion. I’m ensuring the staff are aware of this right now and have set your item to a soft-disabled state.

Now the story facing a twist! :D

Is it allowed to get soft -disabled and upload somewhere else while also without breaking exclusivity agreement?

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KrownThemes says


Hi Ostein, Apologies for the confusion. I’m ensuring the staff are aware of this right now and have set your item to a soft-disabled state.

Now the story had twist! :D

Is it allowed to get soft -disabled and upload somewhere else while also without breaking exclusivity agreement?

Yeah, it seems that lately all kinds of things are possible :D

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doru says

exclusive word should be used with the meaning intended by envato in the contract you signed with them.

don’t use the word as defined on dictionary elsewhere on web and you will avoid frustration and lost of time.

here, exclusive means:

when you publish here you can’t sell it on other marketplaces. if you want to sell it on other marketplaces you need to delete the item from envato. Once you delete the item there is no way to put the item back where it was. Is gone.

EDIT:

Apparently all the above is crap and I’m still the last one who finds out when rules changes.

As Ruben said looks like all kinds of things are possible lately but some of us are too old on marketplace and still use old rules while new staff arrived and changed the rules without informed us AND not changing that legal agreement we’ve signed.

I’ve learned my lesson, I will refrain from answering questions about envato rules

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jremick Envato team says


Hi Ostein, Apologies for the confusion. I’m ensuring the staff are aware of this right now and have set your item to a soft-disabled state.

Now the story facing a twist! :D

Is it allowed to get soft -disabled and upload somewhere else while also without breaking exclusivity agreement?

Occasionally authors have wanted to test the waters elsewhere and pretty much always come back. The problem with deleting an item and then undeleting it later is that it requires additional staff time (more than soft-disabling) and isn’t really to anyone’s benefit (the longer it’s not listed the fewer sales it generates) because it takes more time all around. My understanding is that so long as the item is not actively listed for sale on our marketplace(s) and others at the same time, an author will not be violating the exclusivity agreement.

My goal is to make the authoring process easier and to help everyone generate more sales. I know you’ll come back to us, so I want to make it easier for you to do that — since, you know, we’re the best place for you to sell your awesome work. ;-)

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