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driz
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I’m currently building a highly advanced WordPress Theme that will work as fully-featured Job Board. However I’m worried that a user could download it just the once and then use it say 1000 times for his/her own clients.

Is their anyway in which I could prevent this and setup a system whereby you can only use one licence (theme download) per every site or something to that effect.

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fillerspace
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I don’t think you can stop people from doing that any more than the record companies can stop people from downloading MP3 ’s or Adobe can stop people from pirating Photoshop. You just have to count on the fact that there are enough honest people out there willing to pay for your product.

Realistically, I don’t think you have to worry about one person using your theme 1000 times, because if he’s a web designer, his portfolio would look pretty boring! Besides, if he has a 1000 clients, he could just buy a different template for each one and pass the charges along to them.

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Well it’s a bit more than a Theme. It’s more of an App. So for example say a person has 10 clients that all want a Job Board. He/She could download my Theme just the once and then charge 10 clients each time for a Job Board. What I want is to say if you do that, then please buy the Theme 10 times because otherwise your making profit out of my work.

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fillerspace
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Well it’s a bit more than a Theme. It’s more of an App.

That makes it less likely that you’ll have a problem. A designer is more likely to have 10 clients wanting a business/portfolio site than a very specific template like yours.

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driz
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True. But a person may still use the Theme for more than one site with the intentions of selling it to others on per-site basis and they have only paid for one copy.

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@Driz: You’re clearly concerned about the amount of work you’re putting in being too easily used by other people.

If that’s the case, then I think this is the kind of custom solution you should be selling directly to clients at a much higher price than selling as a theme. You’ll have little to no control of your work once you release it on here; if you don’t want others profiting from the code you’ve created, then don’t sell it through these kinds of channels.

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