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billyf
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Do you think your first buyer might be sharing out your item in the Internet? (i.e. buy it, upload it to some content hosts and put the links at their own warez site, or give it to his friends) I am quite surprised to find out that my first item in the marketplace has been ‘shared’ on the first day when it got approved.

Also, when you find out that your items have been distributed illegally, do you take any action (such as requesting a takedown)? I know a lot of authors do know that their work has been distributed illegally and some (especially Elite authors) have just decided to ignore the pirates and just ‘produce more quality items’.

However, with the overall price increase, do you think more people might actually get these for ‘free’ instead of buying them?

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dnp_theme
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I also get support requests out of nowhere, no purchase. Ignore them, make them feel the cold winter :)

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cssignitervip
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Yeah, just ignore them. Trying to take action on every single site that have uploaded your theme illegaly is a waste of energy i think

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webTypo
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I noticed this once a few months ago, I was working on get a sheriff badge and I found a template on a warez site I quickly checked the item on ThemeForest and to my surprise the theme was uploaded just a day ago and it only had 1 sales.

So I quickly notified the author and envato as well, thinking that it is possible to track down who put the item online since there has been only 1 sales.

I don’t know what happened afterwards though, the author wrote me that he will also write to support but there my part ended.

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enstyled
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In my case, it took just a few hours for my last template to end up on many file sharing websites, although it got just a few sales. Some of them are showing “file hits” numbers, if they are true, people definitely prefer getting their templates from these websites and not from Envato :impatient:

I am sending DMCA to every website I find my template on. Some of them are reacting, others don’t. A tracking system was discussed before in the forums, but unfortunately there is no effective protection you can apply.

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BrianHermelijn
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I believe to a certain degree that is just how the internet is. Even a single art can be stolen nowadays just by the work of internet alone. So you can’t really cover your site. In some way it’s just a waste of energy since peoples will continue to repeat the same process anyways.

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BenSheppard
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I’ve also noticed that the first buy will most likely be someone distributing it, like I found my template was being distributed elsewhere and the date posted was very close to the day I released it.

That’s why I want to release my next template (hopefully) with a pretty much empty documentation and update a couple of days later, doubt this would actually do anything though

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billyf
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I’ve also noticed that the first buy will most likely be someone distributing it, like I found my template was being distributed elsewhere and the date posted was very close to the day I released it.

That’s why I want to release my next template (hopefully) with a pretty much empty documentation and update a couple of days later, doubt this would actually do anything though
But if you do that, I think the person who intends to distribute it will complain / give you very low ratings though, in addition to those made by genuine supporters / buyers.

I still think it would be very good to include a ‘tracking system’, perhaps the licence code at the end of all text files so that a buyer only needs to give a link to his/her website and we can check whether the person is a genuine buyer.

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rayoflightt
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I don’t know for wordpress but html templates are stolen in few hours after they appear on marketplace, there is no need to be bought, they are stolen from preview. Only thing you can do is to minify css and js in preview, remove comments and that way make code harder to understand and change.

My first template approved here didn’t have sales for first 10 days but I was finding it all over internet. I thought nobody will ever buy anything that way. But there is still people who buy themes legally.

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BenSheppard
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I still think it would be very good to include a ‘tracking system’, perhaps the licence code at the end of all text files so that a buyer only needs to give a link to his/her website and we can check whether the person is a genuine buyer.

Aye I agree, I am working on something that will create dummy code along with some sort of button command to show the original owner, to stop copying on themeforest too

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