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Flow says

I joined Themeforest not so long ago and I created two WP themes so far. I’m planning to continue creating them but I’m a little confused with copyright rules and external code usage rules. Of course I read all the copyright articles here on Themeforest but they seem to be incomplete. I’m contacting Envato support each time I’m not sure whether I can use something as a part of my theme or not but I’m getting frustrated with diversified replies.

Once they said that I can use this tutorial to implement Piecemaker to my WP theme (it can be used commercially according to NETTUTS rules): http://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/wordpress/integrating-the-piecemaker-3d-gallery-into-your-wordpress-theme/

but the other time they said that I can’t use this tutorial to help me implement accordion slider: http://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/javascript-ajax/create-a-simple-intelligent-accordion-effect-using-prototype-and-scriptaculous/

Can you please tell me what’s the difference between those two? I’d like to add some more functionality to my further themes and tutorials/articles/blogs/forums are a great way to speed up creating process and get help but I’m not sure if I could use that…

Any simple and comprehensive explanation would be great!

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campuscodi says

That’s silly.

This is what tutorials authors agree to when submitting tutorials:

you grant a license to readers to use the knowledge and demonstrated effects shown in the tutorial in their own projects without reference to yourself, Envato or this site.

and

The author can use tutorial graphics in any commercial or non-commercial work, except in an online tutorial. Source files cannot be resold or redistributed.

That’s as Public Domain as it can get.

Besides, all the files in the second tutorial you wanted to use were MIt or CC. Those are commercial free.

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Flow says

Okay, they are commercial free but what about Themeforest rule:

The file must NOT be based on a tutorial. For example: You cannot submit a file that you created by following a tutorial, in whole or in part.

These tutorials are licensed under MIT or CC but Envato support told me that I can use first tutorial and I can’t use the second one. Still, I don’t know what’s the difference between them?

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Pixelworkshop says

The limit is difficult to define I guess, I mean we all need material with commercial license included, otherwise, we would have to (re)create each part of a design (images, scripts, code snippets, etc.). In your case, your item would be too much based on tutorials I guess, but again, I don’t understand 100% their rules.

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campuscodi says

I think those steps apply for sole items. As in designing a theme after a tutorial like “How to design a theme like this”

Integrating certain tutorials or plugins until the theme itself is so much different and bringing such new features its ok.

The other way to go about it is if you have followed the tutorial step by step without making a single change (not even the graphics or base colors).

I follow tutorials myself. But I take an item’s behavior or technique. But ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS use my own graphics.

In other words. Don’t copy. Innovate. And if you can’t innovate, bring at least something new to the forest. You can’t imagine how fed up I am with wooden textures used as background on TF files right now. And when I think it’s so easy to create a cool new background.

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Flow says

Thanks for your quick replies! Now I see what’s it all about. So I can use these tutorials but I have to make some significant changes in code, right? These limits are indeed difficult to define because code structure will look the same with or without tutorial…

@Keliah You “Repeatedly protected Envato Marketplaces against copyright violations” so I trust your opinion. :) I just want to play fair and use only those files/sources that can be used.

@campuscodi All I need from those tutorials is HTML structure and JS script (or at least idea how it works). I will always replace CSS and graphic anyway.

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Pixelworkshop says

;) you know there are many accordions available on the web, here is one of them, ready to customize

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