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smudgethis says

Has anyone else seen the duplicate project on the homepage this morning?

I can’t link to it but a very quick scan will easily identify the template that has been slightly inspired by the awesome SEO corporate typography project that was featured a few weeks back.

This attitude of seeing what sells well and just ripping it off is so so low and I really think more should be done about it. I for one would like to see accounts suspended when it is clear that a project has been copied so exactly just to take away a share of its success.

Is that too extreme?

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doru says

what about photos in trees projects? :)

looks like there’s no problem accepting them

in reviewers defense they, at some point, wanted to reject one of my item because it was too similar with my own items

don’t know what specific projects you are talking about but if you think is a rip off, staff should investigate this issue

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smudgethis says

The photos in trees project is a perfect example. It is so annoying to see creative designers work being ripped off. They had the idea, they created a stylish item that sells well and then others can just copy that and not only make money off that creativity but flood the marketplace with duplicates.

The example I am referring to is an inforgraphic project that is a direct copy of the ‘Seo corporate typography’ pack by Pixflow. I have informed the author.

I think Envato need to take a serious look at this behaviour as it runs the risk of transforming what could be a great inspirational portal of motion graphics into a breeding ground of rip off artists and duplicate projects.

Envato has to protect the talented authors who take pride in creating unique beautiful work, they are earning a lot of money for the company and are helping to grow the ever increasing portfolio of awesome work.

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happycreative says

+1

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sfxstudio says

I agree with you but it’s hard find the limite between inspirating and copying, we are all inspireted but someone Are too much inspirated , i’ve see many really similar project of mines this weeks :(

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smudgethis says

Taken directly from “An Introduction to the Marketplaces for Authors” on the Envato site…

“Other Reasons Items Might Not Be Approved Occasionally, items will be rejected for other reasons. These reasons include: If similar items are already in the library. Check our Files We Do And Don’t Need articles to find out about saturated item types for your Marketplace. Please only submit an item from these categories if it is exceptionally well done or provides a unique take on a familiar item.”

“Envato takes copyright violation very seriously. If we discover that a work has violated copyright we will ban the author from the Envato Marketplaces, freeze any funds made from the sale of that work and in some cases the injured party will take legal action against you – ensure you are aware of the rules.”

“Only the copyright holder of a work may do the following… Create derivative works or alter the work in any way.”

“What is a Copyright Infringement? The item must NOT be based on any other item. – For example you cannot submit a website template that is based on an established website. Similarly you cannot submit an item which is too similar to another item for sale on an Envato marketplace or another website.”

So in theory we are all protected against having our work duplicated and ‘inspired by’.

Hmmmmm?

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sfxstudio says

You right and i full agree ! I think that some author buy item then modify it a bit and sale it ! Author should’ny buy items, or with à special licence !

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happycreative says

I agree with you but it’s hard find the limite between inspirating and copying, we are all inspireted but someone

We can debate for a very long time about what ‘inspired by’ really means but to me being inspired means seeing something and thinking “hmm… I can make that work”. For example, seeing a poster or website or movie with Poloroids hanging from a tree and thinking “Hey, maybe that can work well as a VH template.” Copying to me is seeing a template of Poloroids hanging from a tree on a Videohive template and thinking “Hey, maybe that can work well as a VH template.” Sometimes its very obvious wether a project was inspired or copied…

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jekot says

Sometimes you see so many crying people here :) as sfxstudio said its hard to find the line between inspiring and copying.

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happycreative says

The people “crying here” are the ones who have their projects ripped off, copied and stolen. And I agree sometimes its hard to see the line between inspired and copying, but what I’m trying to say is sometimes its also very, VERY obvious (like in the examples posters mentioned above).

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